where the carcase is, there shall the eagles be gathered together

With allusion to MATTHEW xxiv. 28 (AV) Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the Eagles be gathered together. Modern translations read ‘vultures’ for ‘eagles’.

c 1566 W. P. tr. Curio’s Pasquin in Trance 33 Where the caraine [carrion] is, thither do the Eagles resort.

1734 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jan.) Where carcasses are, eagles will gather, And where good laws are, much people flock thither.

1929 C. BUSH Perfect Murder Case x. On the way he explained his appearance at the inquest on the twin lines of busman’s holiday and that where the carcass is there will the vultures be gathered together.

1979 ‘S. WOODS’ Proceed to Judgement 190 [He] was surprised to find Sir Nicholas and Vera, as well as Roger and Meg, having tea with Jenny. ‘Where the carcase is, there shall the eagles be gathered together,’ he commented, not very politely.


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