Snare

Proverbs 1:17; 1 Timothy 3:7; 1 Timothy 6:9; 2 Timothy 2:26; Proverbs 14:27; Nehemiah 6  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 7
Several words are employed to point out the snares or pits by which animals are caught. They are also used symbolically for the snares men lay for one another, and especially for those that Satan lays to entrap man into his power. Snares to be effectual must be hidden. It is in vain to set a net in the sight of any bird (Prov. 1:1717Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. (Proverbs 1:17)); in like manner the hook in fishing is always concealed. The baits that Satan uses are things that men like, and which may not always be moral evils in themselves, as riches, honor, but which may end in the loss of the soul (1 Tim. 3:77Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:7); 1 Tim. 6:99But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (1 Timothy 6:9); 2 Tim. 2:2626And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:26)). “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death” (Prov. 14:2727The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27)). Nehemiah, led of God, wisely avoided all the snares that were laid for him by the enemy (Neh. 6). So the Christian, taught of God, and led by the Holy Spirit, will not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, and will not fall thereby.