International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
"Wilt thou play with him as with a bird?
Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?"
The only way to play with a bird is to confine it so that it grows accustomed to you and Thus loses fear. Jeremiah compared the civil state of Judah to a "cage (crate) full of birds" (Jeremiah 5:27 ), "the houses of the rich being stuffed with craftily-obtained wealth and articles of luxury" (HDB ). The sale of sparrows as an article of food still continues in the eastern markets. Jesus referred to this (Matthew 10:29 ) and it was He who entered the temple and overthrew "the seats of them that sold the doves" (Matthew 21:12 ). In Revelation 18:2 we find a reference to "a hold (the King James Version "cage") of every unclean and hateful bird." See also Ecclesiasticus 11:30.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Cage'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​c/cage.html. 1915.