How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings and you were not willing!

The Greek that is translated as “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” or similar in English is translated in Ankave as “As a chicken extracts its young and gathers them under her breast, although all the time I tried to do the same to you, why did it not please you (to allow me to do so)?” (Source: Richard Speece in Notes on Translation 1988. p. 47ff.)

This is also depicted as a mosaic in Dominus Flevit, a Roman Catholic church on the Mount of Olives:

Image by Anton 17 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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