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A weapon of war used in close combat to strike an enemy. See Jeremiah 51:20 ).

Maqqel is a shoot or twig of a bush ( Jeremiah 1:11 ) and then a staff used by someone walking across country or tending sheep (Genesis 32:11 ; 1 Samuel 17:40 ). It came to be listed as a weapon of war (Ezekiel 39:9 ). Shebet is a rod or staff used in agriculture (Isaiah 28:27 ), herding flocks (Psalm 23:4 ), in punishing people (Exodus 21:20 ; Proverbs 22:15 ; Micah 5:1 ), symbolizing authority of office (Numbers 24:17 ; Isaiah 14:5 ). From the last usage, the word came to mean, “tribe” ((Exodus 24:4 ). The shepherd's staff came to be adopted as a weapon (2 Samuel 23:21 ; Isaiah 10:5 ,Isaiah 10:5,10:15 ,Isaiah 10:15,10:24 ).

T otha ch appears only in Job 41:29 , and its meaning is not certain: KJV, “darts”; NAS, NIV, NRSV, “club(s).”

In the New Testament xulon is wood (1 Corinthians 3:12 ) and objects made of wood such as fetters (Acts 16:24 ). It can designate a wooden weapon (Matthew 26:47 ). Xulon also designates the wooden cross (1 Peter 2:24 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Club'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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