Hooks in the Bible

  1. Hebrew: chach, a “ring” inserted in the nostrils of animals to which a cord was fastened for the purpose of restraining them (2 Kings 19:28; Isaiah 37:28-29; Ezek. 29:4; 38:4).

    “The Orientals make use of this contrivance for curbing their work-beasts… When a beast becomes unruly they have only to draw the cord on one side, which, by stopping his breath, punishes him so effectually that after a few repetitions he fails not to become quite tractable whenever he begins to feel it” —Michaelis

    So God’s agents are never beyond his control.

  2. Hakkah, a fish “hook” (Job 41:2, Hebrew Text, 40:25; Isaiah 19:8; Hab. 1:15).

  3. Vav, a “peg” on which the curtains of the tabernacle were hung (Exodus 26:32).

  4. Tsinnah, a fish-hooks (Amos 4:2).

  5. Mazleg, flesh-hooks (1 Samuel 2:13-14), a kind of fork with three teeth for turning the sacrifices on the fire, etc.

  6. Mazmeroth, pruning-hooks (Isaiah 2:4; Joel 3:10).

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