Birds of a Feather Flock Together, Is This Biblical?

We’ve all heard the famous quote:

Birds of a feather flock together. – English Proverb

I thought for sure this was a Benjamin Franklin quote and was surprised that I couldn’t find a definitive author. This quote is an old English proverb and according to Wikipedia has been in use since the 16th century. It has also been attributed to Plato as far back as 360 BC where he is quoted as saying: “Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.”

The quote “Birds of a feather flock together” simply means that people with common traits, interests and tastes tend to associate and congregate with each other, similar to how birds of the same species flock together.

While this phrase can be understood by simply observing human behavior, I make the case that it is Biblical as well.

Let’s first look at the parable of the unjust steward. In this parable a rich man had a steward, or manager, of his goods. The steward did not do a good job and therefore the rich man was going to replace him. Upon finding out, the steward made deals with the rich man’s debtors thinking that they would help him in return after he was fired. Here was how Jesus viewed this behavior:

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” – Luke 16:8-9 NIV

The steward was dishonest in his dealings, and when he was found out, he gravitated towards others who were similarly dishonest – birds of a feather.

The other side of the coin is how we as Christians should “flock”. And it’s no coincidence that we are considered to be in the “flock” (sheep flock, not bird flock) of God with Jesus as our Shepherd. In 2 Corinthians we read:

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV

And further in the Book of Hebrews we read:

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25 KJV

We are God’s birds, birds of light, and as such we should “flock” together and keep oursleves out of the dark.

For a more detailed history of the quote “birds of a feather flock together” go here.


Birds of a Feather Flock Together, Is This Biblical? — 7 Comments

  1. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

  2. many of these quotes my grandmother(mama Clara)told me as a child, still is talked about very glad I founded your site,will pass on very useful thanks for being here for us

  3. This is bullshit I cant even find one thing about birds being with their own kind and not intermixing or as I understood it but looking back what used to be misunderstanding is now me thinking it might have to do with like eye color or something Idk my parents have diff color eyes sooooo I never believed that before but now im beginning to but the fact that I cant find it tells me that someone went out of their way to hide it and out of reverse psychology no doubt not amused

  4. @Bryan George. This is not talking about the DNA of bird species! smh. This is a only a metaphore used to describe the common trait of people. It is basically saying that people that love something will tend to hang around other people that love the same thing! Do you see terrorist hanging out with policemen? Do you see birds hanging out with cats?.. I hope you get the picture now after a year

  5. A more up to date example may be: methodist assemble together, baptist together, because if beliefs. Or more definitive:crack heads gravitate toward each other, alcoholics towards each other etc

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