Holman Bible Dictionary
1. Loosely woven mesh of twine or cord used for catching birds, fish, or other prey. a. Fishing nets were of two basic types. The first was a cone-shaped net with leads around its wide mouth used for hand casting (Matthew 4:18-21
; Mark 1:16-19
). The second was the seine net, a large draw with floats at its head and lead sinkers at its foot. Such a net was often hauled ashore to empty (Isaiah 19:8
; Ezekiel 26:5
; Ezekiel 32:3
; Ezekiel 47:10
; Matthew 13:47
). In the majority of Old Testament cases the seine net is a figure for judgment at the hands of ruthless military forces. b. Fowling nets frequently had hinged mouths which could clamp shut when sprung (Proverbs 1:17
; Hosea 7:11-12
). c. Nets of unspecified type are frequently used as figures of the Lord's chastisement (Job 19:6
; Psalm 66:11
; Lamentations 1:13
; Ezekiel 12:13
) or of the plots of the wicked (Psalm 9:15
; Psalm 31:4
; Psalm 35:7-8
. Netting or network refers to grillwork used as part of the ornament of the altar of burnt offering (Exodus 27:4-5
; Exodus 38:4
) and of the capitals of the Temple columns (1 Kings 7:17-20
). The grill-work of the altar perhaps functioned as a vent.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Net'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/n/net.html. 1991.