WHAT IS A “CASEMENT?”
by Shawn Brasseaux
Proverbs 7:6 relates: “For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,….” What is a “casement?”
One useful context clue is the reference to a “window.” A “casement” must be related to an opening in a wall. That Hebrew word (“’esnab”) was translated “lattice” in Judges 5:28: “The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?” Instead of panes of glass like our modern windows, latticework covered these ancient window openings of the houses in the land of Palestine. A “casement” is actually a latticework attached to a vertical hinge, set in a window opening. The latticework swings open like a door, with “case” referring to the frame or structure itself. It was through this latticework that King Solomon looked in the Proverbs passage.