Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #04294 - מַטָּה
1) staff, branch, tribe
1a) staff, rod, shaft
1b) branch (of vine)
1c1) company led by chief with staff (originally)
1285) um (מתה MTh) AC: Shake CO: Branch AB: ?: The pictograph m is a picture of water, the u is a picture of a basket which contains objects. Combined these mean "liquid contained". A green branch still contains water allowing the branch to be flexible. A green branch can then be bent to the desired shape and left to dry.
V) ufm (מותה MWTh) - Shake: To shake or waver as a green branch. KJV (39): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Hitpael) move, remove, slip, carry, cast, course, decay, fall, shake, slide - Strongs: H4131 (מוֹט)
Nm) ufm (מותה MWTh) - I. Branch:The bent bar of the yoke that goes around the neck, also a branch that is used as pole. II. Wavering:A slipping or wavering of the foot. KJV (6): bar, moved, staff, yoke - Strongs: H4132 (מוֹט)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
מַטָּה (Milêl) adv. downward, beneath, below, Deuteronomy 28:43; Proverbs 15:24. Opp. to מַעְלָה above. (This word has not sprung from מַטֶּה itself, but, as it appears from the acute penultima, from the shortened form מַט bending, a low place, with the addition of ה local.) With prefixes
(a) downward, Deuteronomy 28:13; Ezekiel 1:27; 2 Kings 19:30; Jeremiah 31:37; Ecclesiastes 3:21.
(b) below, 2 Kings 19:30; 1 Chronicles 27:23, “of twenty years old וּלְמַטָּה and under.” Followed by מִן Ezra 9:13, לְמַטָּה מֵעֲוֹנֵנוּ “below our sin,” less than our sin deserved.
(2) מִלְּמַטָּה beneath (opp. to מִלְמַעְלָה above), Exodus 26:24, 27:5 28:27 36:29 38:4 39:20.