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A "rod" or decorated staff, sometimes six feet long, borne by kings and magistrates as a symbol of authority, Ge 49:10; Nu 24:17; Es 4:11; 5:2; Isa 14:5; Zec 10:11. See ROD.

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(Heb shebet = Gr. skeptron), properly a staff or rod. As a symbol of authority, the use of the sceptre originated in the idea that the ruler was as a shepherd of his people (Ge 49:10; Nu 24:17; Ps 45:6; Isa 14:5). There is no example on record of a sceptre having ever been actually handled by a Jewish king.

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shebet. ("Rod or staff of a ruler".) In Jg 5:14 translated "out of Zebulun marchers with the staff of the writer" or numberer, who levied and mustered the troops, so a leader in general. 2Ki 25:19, "principal scribe of the host which mustered the people"; 2Ch 26:11; Ps 2:9, "thou shalt break them with a rod of iron." Whoever will not obey Thy loving sceptre, as the Good Shepherd, shall be crushed with an iron sceptre (Mt 21:44; Da 2:34-35,44). The iron kingdom Christ's iron sceptre shall break as clay. Ps 125:3, "the sceptre of the wicked (world power; "Persia" at this time) shall not rest (permanently) upon the lot of the righteous," namely, on the Holy Land: a psalm written after the return from Babylon. Contrast Christ's "right sceptre" (Ps 45:6; Isa 11:3-4).

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SCEPTRE, as tr of sh

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One of the distinguishing insignia of royalty: a rod or staff of dignity. It was held out by the king to Esther. Es 4:11, etc. The prophecy that "the sceptre shall not depart from Judah . . . . until SHILOH come," refers to Christ as 'the Prince of Peace.' Ge 49:10. The sceptre is not now wielded by Judah while the people are Lo-ammi, but their supremacy will be renewed when the purpose of God is fulfilled. Many passages speak of Christ sitting upon the throne of David, and reigning till His enemies are cast beneath His feet. A sceptre of righteousness will be the sceptre of His kingdom. Nu 24:17; Ps 45:6; Isa 14:5; Eze 19:11,14; Am 1:5,8; Zec 10:11; Heb 1:8.

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This word originally meant a rod or staff. It was thence specifically applied to the shepherd's crook,

Le 27:32; Mic 7:14

and to the wand or sceptre of a ruler. The allusions to it are all of a metaphorical character, and describe it simply as one of the insignia of supreme power.

Ge 49:10

We are consequently unable to describe the article from any biblical notice we may infer that it was probably made of wood. The sceptre of the Persian monarch is described as "golden" i.e. probably of massive gold.

Es 4:11

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SCEPTRE, a word derived from the Greek, properly signifies, a rod of command, a staff of authority, which is supposed to be in the hands of kings, governors of a province, or of the chief of a people, Ge 49:10; Nu 24:17; Isa 14:5. The sceptre is put for the rod of correction, and for the sovereign authority that punishes and humbles, Ps 2:9; Pr 22:15. The term sceptre is frequently used for a tribe, probably because the prince of each tribe carried a sceptre, or a wand of command, to show his dignity.

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