Net: In use among the Hebrews for fishing, hunting, and fowling. The
fishing-net was probably constructed after the form of that used by
(Isaiah 19:8) There were three kinds of nets.
1. The drag-net or hauling-net (Gr. sagene), of great size, and
requiring many men to work it. It was usually let down from the
fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat, as
circumstances might require
2. The hand-net or casting-net (Gr. amphiblestron), which was
thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen
(Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16) It was called by the Latins funda. It was
of circular form, "like the top of a tent."
3. The bag-net (Gr. diktyon), used for enclosing fish in deep water
The fowling-nets were
1. the trap, consisting of a net spread over a frame, and supported
by a stick in such a way that it fell with the slightest touch
(Amos 3:5) "gin;"
(Psalms 69:22; Job 18:9; Ecclesiastes 9:12)
2. The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg
(Job 18:10; Psalms 18:5; 116:3; 140:5)
3. The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys
Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.