Gin [N] [S]

a trap.

  • Psalms 140:5 Psalms 141:9 , Amos 3:5 , the Hebrew word used, mokesh , means a noose or "snare," as it is elsewhere rendered ( Psalms 18:5 ; Proverbs 13:14 , etc.).

  • Job 18:9 , Isaiah 8:14 , Heb. pah, a plate or thin layer; and hence a net, a snare, trap, especially of a fowler ( Psalms 69: : 22 , "Let their table before them become a net;" Amos 3:5 , "Doth a bird fall into a net [pah] upon the ground where there is no trap-stick [mokesh] for her? doth the net [pah] spring up from the ground and take nothing at all?", Gesenius.)

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

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  • Gin

    A noose; snare.

    Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set GINS for me. ( Psalm 140:4-5 )

    Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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    "Entry for 'Gin'". A King James Dictionary.

    Gin, [N] [E]

    a trap for birds or beasts; it consisted of a net, ( Isaiah 8:14 ) and a stick to act as a spring. ( Amos 3:5 )

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    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Gin,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.


    jin (moqesh, pach):

    A noose of hair or wire for snaring wild birds alive. There are over half a dozen traps and net devices indicated by different terms in the Bible. The gin was of horse-hair for small birds and wire for larger ones. It is mentioned in Amos 3:5: "Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is set for him? shall a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all?" Job writing in mental and physical discomfort on the ash heap included all methods mentioned in one outburst:

    "For he is cast into a net by his own feet.

    And he walketh upon the toils.

    A gin shall take him by the heel,

    And a snare shall lay hold on him,

    A noose is hid for him in the ground.

    And a trap for him in the way" (Job 18:8).

    Gene Stratton-Porter

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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'GIN'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.