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This word is used sometimes for the branches of a tree: "And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree,"

Genesis 30:37 ; sometimes for a staff or wand: "And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs, And Moses took the rod of God in his hand," Exodus 4:17 ; Exodus 4:20 ; or for a shepherd's crook: "And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod; the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord," Leviticus 27:32 ; or for a rod, properly so called, which God makes use of to correct men: "If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men," 2 Samuel 7:14 . "Let him take his rod away from me," Job 9:34 . The empire of the Messiah is sometimes represented by a rod of iron, to show its power and its might, Psalms 2:9 ; Revelation 2:27 ; Revelation 12:5 ; Revelation 19:15 . "Rod is sometimes put to signify a tribe or a people; "Remember thy congregation which thou hast purchased of old, the rod of thine inheritance which thou hast redeemed,"

Psalms 74:2 . "Israel is the rod of his inheritance," Jeremiah 10:16 . The rod of Aaron is the staff commonly used by the high priest. This is the rod that budded and blossomed like an almond tree, Numbers 17. See AARON .

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

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