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Sceptre. This word originally meant a rod or staff. It was, thence, specifically applied to the shepherd's crook, Leviticus 27:32; Micah 7:14, and to the wand or sceptre of a ruler. The allusions to it are all of a metaphorical character, and describe it simply as one of the insignia of supreme power. Genesis 49:10. We are, consequently, unable to describe the article from any biblical notice; but we may infer that it was, probably, made of wood. The sceptre of the Persian monarch is described as "golden" that is, probably of massive gold. Esther 4:11.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Sceptre'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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