Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.

Net

In use among the Hebrews for fishing, hunting, and fowling. The fishing-net was probably constructed after the form of that used by the Egyptians (Isa. 19:8). There were three kinds of nets.

  1. The drag-net or hauling-net (Gr.sagene), of great size, and requiring many men to work it. It was usually let down from the fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat, as circumstances might require (Mt. 13:47,48).
  2. The hand-net or casting-net (Gr.amphiblestron), which was thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen (Mt. 4:18; Mk. 1:16). It was called by the Latins funda. It was of circular form, "like the top of a tent."
  3. The bag-net (Gr.diktyon), used for enclosing fish in deep water (Lk. 5:4-9).

The fowling-nets were

  1. the trap, consisting of a net spread over a frame, and supported by a stick in such a way that it fell with the slightest touch (Amos 3:5, "gin;" Ps. 69:22; Job 18:9; Eccl. 9:12).
  2. The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg (Job 18:10; Ps. 18:5, 116:3, 140:5).
  3. The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys (Jer. 5:26,27). Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.


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