Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers,
&c.] The people of God are like little birds, being harmless and innocent, singing forth the praises of God for his goodness to them; as also because weak and unable to resist their foes; and worthless in themselves, like sparrows, as the word F9 here used signifies; and are fearful and timorous, and flee at the least apprehension of danger, ( Psalms 102:7 ) ( 11:1 ) ( Hosea 11:11 ) . Satan, and wicked men under his influence, are like fowlers who lay snares for them, to draw them into sin, into immorality and error, in order to bring them to ruin and destruction; hence we read of the snare of the devil and of wicked men, ( 1 Timothy 3:7 ) ( 2 Timothy 2:26 ) ( Psalms 119:110 ) ; and who form plans and lay schemes to oppress and destroy them; but through the wisdom given them to discern these devices and stratagems, and through the power of divine grace, accompanying them, they escape what was intended for their hurt, and particularly in the following manner:
the snare is broken, and we are escaped;
measures concerted by wicked men are broken, their schemes are confounded, their devices are disappointed, so that they cannot perform their enterprise; and by this means the saints escape the evils designed against them, the afflictions of the world, and the temptations of Satan.
F9 (rwpuk) (wv spouyion) , Sept. "sicut passer", V. L.