A curved or bent device of bone or iron in biblical times used for catching or holding fish (Job 41:1-2;
Isaiah 19:8—KJV, “angle”;
Matthew 17:27). Habakkuk described God's people as helpless fish who would be captured by hooks (Matthew 1:15) and nets.
Amos 4:2 refers to the practice of ancient conquerors of leading captives with hooks through their lips. Such was the fate of Manasseh according to one interpretation (2 Chronicles 33:11, NAS, NIV, TEV).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'FISHHOOK'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".