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Holman Bible Dictionary

Rod, Staff


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Rod designates a straight, slender stick growing on (Jeremiah 1:11 ) or cut from (Genesis 30:37-41 ) a tree. Rod is sometimes used interchangeably with staff (Isaiah 10:5 ; Revelation 11:1 ). Elsewhere, rod designates a shorter, clublike stick (Psalm 23:4 ). Rods and staffs were used as walking sticks (Genesis 32:10 ), for defense (Psalm 23:4 ), for punishment (Exodus 21:20 ; Numbers 22:27 ; Proverbs 13:24 ; 1 Corinthians 4:21 ), and for measurement (Revelation 11:1 ). Rods and staffs were also used as symbols of prophetic (Exodus 4:2-4 ; Exodus 7:8-24 ; Judges 6:21 ), priestly (Numbers 17:1-10 ), and royal (Genesis 49:10 NRSV; Judges 5:14 NRSV; Jeremiah 48:17 ; Revelation 2:27 ) office.


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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.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Rod, Staff'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/r/rod-staff.html. 1991.

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