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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

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1. Diktuon (from dikoo "to throw"); let down, cast, and drawn to shore (Luke 5:2-6; John 21:6-11; Matthew 4:18-22).

2. Αmfibleestron , "a cast net," from amfiballoo "cast about," "cast hither and there" (Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16). The Egyptians make it a tent over their sleeping place to ward off insects (Herodotus ii. 95).

3. Sageene , from sattoo "to load" (Matthew 13:47), "a net ... cast into the sea ... gathered (together) of every kind," a sweepnet or dragnet (Habakkuk 1:14 michmereth ), or drawnet "seine," that takes in the compass of a small bay. In Proverbs 1:17 explain" surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird," because the bird sees the net and is on its guard; so youths warned by God's word raise their souls heavenward, on the wings of the fear, faith, and love of God, as the bird flies upward; and therefore escape the net which the tempters fancy they are going to entrap the "innocent" in, but in which really "their own blood and their own lives" are taken (Proverbs 1:11; Proverbs 1:18). (See BIRD.) The tempters think that their intended victims are "innocent in vain" (so translated for "without cause"), i.e. that their innocence will not save them; but it is themselves who "spread the net in vain" (Psalms 7:15-16; Psalms 9:15; Revelation 16:6). A net is also the image of God's vengeance, which surprises in a moment and inextricably the sinner, when he least expects (Lamentations 1:13; Ezekiel 12:13; Hosea 7:12). In 1 Kings 7:17 netted checker work about a pillar's capital.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Net'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/n/net.html. 1949.

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