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(כְּלוּב, kelub', φυλακή ). Bird-cages are named in Jeremiah 5:27;Revelation 18:2; and are perhaps implied in Job 41:5, where "playing with a bird' is mentioned. (See BIRD). In the first of these passages the Sept. renders it by παγίς, a snare, implying that it was used for holding decoys with which to entrap other birds until the cage was full an idea which the derivation of the Hebrews word confirms (from כָּלִב, to clasp together by the shutting of the valves or trap). This interpretation is therefore better than that of the margin, "coop," or that of the Talmud, "a place of fattening," implying that it was used for holding wild or tame fowls until they became fit for the table. The same article is referred to in Sirach 11:30, under the term κάρταλλος, which is elsewhere used of a tapering basket. (See FOWLING). In Revelation 18:2, the Greek term is φυλακή , meaning a prison or restricted habitation rather than a cage. This just suffices to show that the ancient Israelites kept birds in cages; but we have no farther information on the subject, nor any allusions to the singing of birds so kept. The cages were probably of the same forms which we still observe in the East, and which are shown in the annexed engraving. It is remarkable that there is no appearance of bird-cages in any of the domestic scenes which are portrayed on the mural tablets of the Egyptians. In Amos 8:12, the same word kelub' denotes a fruit-basket, so called, doubtless, from its resemblance toa cage. (See BASKET).


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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Cage'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/tce/c/cage.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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