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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
"For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.
And from the deadly pestilence."
This is David's promise that the Almighty will deliver us from the evil plans laid to ruin us, as a bird sometimes in its struggles slips the hair and escapes from the "snare" (which see) set for it. Psalm 124:7 :
"Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers:
The snare is broken, and we are escaped."
Here is the fulfillment of the former promise in a cry of rejoicing. Sometimes the snare held fast, sometimes it broke; then the joy in the heart of a freed man was like the wild exultation in the heart of the escaping bird. Proverbs 6:5 :
"Deliver thyself as a roe from the hands. of the hunter.
And as a bird from the hand of the fowler."
With methods so primitive as these for taking birds, it must have occurred frequently that a stunned, wounded or entrapped bird slipped even from the hand that held it and made good its escape.
Jeremiah 5:26 : "For among my people are found wicked men: they watch, as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men." Here is the plain comparison strongly drawn between wicked men entrapping their fellows and fowlers taking unsuspecting birds.
The last reference is in Hosea 9:8 : "Ephraim was a watchman with my God: as for the prophet, a fowler's snare is in all his ways, and enmity in the house of his God." Wherever he goes, the prophet is in danger of being trapped.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Fowler'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/f/fowler.html. 1915.