The common form of bird trap or netting device is familiar from Egyp. illustrations. It was a piece of net mounted to spring up and envelop the bird when it alighted on a tripstick or some other form of trigger (
Another form of trap was the noose carefully set on the “run” of a bird or an animal and designed to tighten around the neck by the creature’s own forward momentum (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
Any of the methods for taking birds; see Snare; Net; GIN, etc. It is probable that a trap was more particularly a hole in the ground covered with twigs, concealed by leaves and baited with food. Such devices were common in taking the largest animals and may have been used with birds also. Trap is mentioned frequently in connection with snare and in such manner as to indicate that they were different devices: "Know for a certainty that Yahweh your God will no more drive these nations from out of your sight; but they shall be a snare and a trap unto you" (
"Let their table before them become a snare;
And when they are in peace, let it become a trap."
This is quoted in
And a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them."
An instance where a trap alone is referred to can be found in