575. Pitfalls

Ezekiel 19:4; Psalm 7:15; Psalm 9:15; Psalm 35:7; Psalm 94:13; Proverbs 26:27; Isaiah 38:17
There is thought to be an allusion here to the custom of assembling for the capture of a lion or other wild beast when the news of its depredations goes forth. All who hear of it are expected to aid in the capture.
The special mode of capture referred to in this text is by means of the pitfall. A hole is dug in the ground, and covered over with the branches of trees and with sod. The animal treading on this slight covering is precipitated into the pit, where it is either taken out alive or killed by the hunters on their arrival.