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Insects on all fours?

I follow the M’Cheyne plan for reading the Bible. One beauty of it is that you read parts of the Bible you wouldn’t normally read. And come across interesting things. Today I read Leviticus 11-12 and was fascinated to read about insects that walk on all fours being unclean.

Now, is it just me or aren’t insects defined by the fact that they have six legs, not four. Shouldn’t it read ‘insects that walk on all six’? Or are there some insects that do in fact have four legs? (For the record, I looked it up in the Hebrew and it says ‘all fours’.)

It doesn’t matter a great deal. Hebrew isn’t a particularly precise language and the Bible is rarely concerned with scientific detail. But I was just wondering.

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