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

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;

Amos 3:5

5Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?

2Sam 22:6

6the cords of Sheol entangled me,
the snares of death confronted me.

Ps 116:3

3The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.

Ps 119:110

110The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.

1Tim 3:7

7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.

Luke 21:34

Exhortation to Watch
34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch y ... View more

Prov 22:25

25or you may learn their ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.

Prov 21:6

6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Ps 64:5

5They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see us?

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