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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible


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SCEPTRE , as tr. [Note: translate or translation.] of shçbel , may stand either for a short ornamental sceptre such as appears in some representations of the Assyrian king, or for a long staff reaching to the ground, which characterizes some portrayals of the Persian monarchs. The long sceptre is simply an ornamented staff , the short one is a development of the Club or mace . On Genesis 49:10 See Lawgiver and Shiloh. On the difficulty of approaching the presence of the Persian kings referred to in Esther 4:11 , cf. also Herod. iii. 118, 140.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Sceptre'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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