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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 26:5,26:14; 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 ). 2 . 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.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Net'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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