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אגמון , Job 40:21 ; Job 41:2 ; Job 41:20 ; Isaiah 9:14 ; Isaiah 19:15 ; Isaiah 58:5 ; καλαμος , Matthew 11:7 ; a plant growing in fenny and watery places; very weak and slender, and bending with the least breath of wind, Matthew 11:7 ; Luke 7:24 . Thus it is threatened, "The Lord shall smite Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of the good land which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their idol groves, provoking him to anger," 1 Kings 14:15 . The slenderness and fragility of the reed is mentioned in 2 Kings 18:21 ; Isaiah 36:6 ; and is referred to in Matthew 12:20 , where the remark, illustrating the gentleness of our Saviour, is quoted from the prophecy of Isaiah 42:3 . The Hebrew word in these places is קנה , as also in Job 40:21 ; Isaiah 19:6 ; Isaiah 35:7 ; Ezekiel 29:6 . See BULRUSH .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Reed'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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