Found but 5 times in the Scriptures (the), once in the , yet most significant as illustrating the process of mental, moral and spiritual confusion and enslavement.
Used of physical entanglement, as in the mazes of a labyrinth (bukh, to involve, "be perplexed"). At Moses’ command the children of Israel, before crossing the Red Sea, took the wrong way in order to give Pharaoh the impression that they were lost in the wilderness and cause him to say "They are entangled in the land" (
pagideuo, "to entrap," "ensnare," with words, as birds are caught in a snare; compare
`empleko, "to inweave," hence, intertwine and involve. "A god soldier of
enecho, "to hold in," hence, to hold captive, as a slave in fetters or under a burden. Having experienced spiritual emancipation, freedom, through Christ from bondage to sin and false religion (
With reference to the thoroughness and irresistibleness of God’s judgments, we read in
Dwight M. Pratt