|ROD, STAFF |
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 (Psalms 23:4). Rods and staffs were used as walking sticks (Genesis 32:10), for defense (Psalms 23:4), for punishment (Exodus 21:20;
1 Corinthians 4:21), and for measurement (Revelation 11:1). Rods and staffs were also used as symbols of prophetic (Exodus 4:2-4;
Judges 6:21), priestly (Numbers 17:1-10), and royal (Genesis 49:10 NRSV;
Judges 5:14 NRSV;
Revelation 2:27) office.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ROD, STAFF'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".