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A curved or bent device of bone or iron in biblical times used for catching or holding fish (Job 41:1-2 ; Isaiah 19:8 —KJV, “angle”; Matthew 17:27 ). Habakkuk described God's people as helpless fish who would be captured by hooks (Matthew 1:15 ) and nets. Amos 4:2 refers to the practice of ancient conquerors of leading captives with hooks through their lips. Such was the fate of Manasseh according to one interpretation ( 2 Chronicles 33:11 , NAS, NIV, TEV).

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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.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Fishhook'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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