Net [N] [S]

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 ( Isaiah 19:8 ). There were three kinds of nets.

  • 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 ( Matthew 13:47 Matthew 13:48 ).
  • The hand-net or casting-net (Gr. amphiblestron), which was thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen ( Matthew 4:18 ; Mark 1:16 ). It was called by the Latins funda. It was of circular form, "like the top of a tent."
  • The bag-net (Gr. diktyon), used for enclosing fish in deep water ( Luke 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;" Psalms 69:22 ; Job 18:9 ; Eccl 9:12 ). (2) The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg ( Job 18:10 ; Psalms 18:5 ; 116:3 ; 140:5 ).

  • The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys ( Jeremiah 5:26 Jeremiah 5:27 ). Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Net". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .