Hook: 1. Heb. hah, a "ring" inserted in the nostrils of animals to which
a cord was fastened for the purpose of restraining them
(2 Kings 19:28; Isaiah 37:28,29; Ezekiel 29:4; 38:4) "The Orientals make
use of this contrivance for curbing their work-beasts. When a
beast becomes unruly they have only to draw the cord on one
side, which, by stopping his breath, punishes him so effectually
that after a few repetitions he fails not to become quite
tractable whenever he begins to feel it" (Michaelis). The Song of Solomon God's
agents are never beyond his control.
2. Hakkah, a fish "hook"
(Job 41:2) Heb. Text, 40:25
3. Vav, a "peg" on which the curtains of the tabernacle were hung
4. Tsinnah, a fish-hooks
5. Mazleg, flesh-hooks
(1 Samuel 2:13,14) a kind of fork with three teeth
for turning the sacrifices on the fire, etc.
6. Mazmeroth, pruning-hooks
(Isaiah 2:4; Joel 3:10)
(Job 41:2) (Heb. Text 40:26) incorrectly rendered in the
Authorized Version. Properly a rush-rope for binding animals, as
in Revised Version margin.