snare

snare

A trap; technically, a slip-knotted cord or wire pulled tight to wrap and hold the leg(s) of an animal or bird when it steps into the loop to get the bait or by accident. Biblical usage includes reference to its use in catching birds (Ps 91:3) and animals (Amos 3:5), but it is more frequently used symbolically for death (2Sam 22:6; Ps 116:3), the actions of wicked people (Ps 119:110), or the devil (1Tim 3:7). It capitalized on surprise, a feature often noted (Luke 21:34), and caused its victims to enmesh themselves while struggling to get free (Prov 22:25). It depended on deceit to be successful (Prov 21:6) and was camouflaged by hunters to take the prey by surprise (Ps 64:5).

Ps 91:3

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Amos 3:5

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2Sam 22:6

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Ps 116:3

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Luke 21:34

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Prov 22:25

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Prov 21:6

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Ps 64:5

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