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Holman Bible Dictionary

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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 (Psalms 23:4). Rods and staffs were used as walking sticks (Genesis 32:10), for defense (Psalms 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.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ROD, STAFF'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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