The Fox, or Jackal
is about as large as a common sized dog, and its color is yellow, or reddish brown. It
then they kill all the animals they can find that are not too strong for them.
Sometimes a large animal like the lion will hear the cries that they make when they
These foxes or jackals have been known to scratch away the earth from graves that
have been lately made, and then devour the bodies of the dead. This explains a verse
in the sixty-second Psalm, where David says of those who "seek his soul to destroy
it,"-"They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for foxes."
They eat plants of different kinds; sometimes roots, and sometimes fruits. This is one
of the verses in Solomon's Song, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes which spoil the
vines; for our vines have tender grapes."
These animals are often found in great numbers around the walls and ruins of old
cities; they live in holes or burrows which they dig in the ground. Our Savior says, "The
foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not
where to lay his head." We have read this verse so many times that we scarcely think
how much it means; but was it not a wonderful thing that when Christ came from his
bright throne in heaven to this poor earth, he should not find even a home here? Every
animal on all the hills has its shelter and hiding-place; every little bird in all the forest
has its comfortable nest; but our Savior "had not where to lay his head." During all his
life he was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." For whom did he suffer all
this?-and when his sorrowful life was ended, for whom did he die? I need not tell you
this, dear child, but I may ask you,
"Is there nothing we can do to prove our grateful love?"