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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Fish, Fishers, Fishing

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On the fifth day of the creation God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life . . . . and God created great whales," or sea monsters. To man was given dominion over the fish of the sea. Genesis 1:20,21,26,28 . Fish has been called God's especial gift to man. Any one may catch it in the sea and appropriate it to his own use. It increases abundantly without any care of man.

Fish was eaten freely in Egypt, Numbers 11:5; but under the law the fish without fins and scales were declared to be unclean. Leviticus 11:9-12 . The fish in the sea of Galilee was very plentiful, and there was much fishing. In the O.T. we read of the 'fish gate' at Jerusalem, which doubtless led to a fish market. Nehemiah 3:3; Nehemiah 12:39 .

In the river that in a future day will flow from the threshold of the house and run into and heal the Dead Sea, there will be a "very great multitude of fish . . . . their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many." Ezekiel 47:9,10 .

The Lord said to Peter and Andrew, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." In accordance with this the kingdom of heaven is compared to a net being cast into the sea, which gathered of every kind: the good fish were put into vessels by the fishermen, but the bad were cast away. So will it be at the end of the age: the wicked will be separated from the just by the angels. Matthew 4:19; Matthew 13:47-50 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Fish, Fishers, Fishing'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/f/fish-fishers-fishing.html. 1897.

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