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Lexicon :: Strong's H4731 - maqqēl

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From an unused root meaning apparently to germinate
Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1236

Strong’s Definitions

מַקֵּל maqqêl, mak-kale; or (feminine) מַקְּלָה maqqᵉlâh; from an unused root meaning apparently to germinate; a shoot, i.e. stick (with leaves on, or for walking, striking, guiding, divining):—rod, (hand-)staff.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 18x

The KJV translates Strong's H4731 in the following manner: rod (8x), staff (7x), stave (2x), handstave (with H3027) (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 18x
The KJV translates Strong's H4731 in the following manner: rod (8x), staff (7x), stave (2x), handstave (with H3027) (1x).
  1. rod, staff

    1. rod, stick

    2. staff (in travel)

    3. wand (of diviner)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
מַקֵּל maqqêl, mak-kale; or (feminine) מַקְּלָה maqqᵉlâh; from an unused root meaning apparently to germinate; a shoot, i.e. stick (with leaves on, or for walking, striking, guiding, divining):—rod, (hand-)staff.
STRONGS H4731: Abbreviations
מַקֵּל noun masculineZechariah 11:7 (apparently feminine Genesis 30:37, where בָּהֶן, but Samaritan בָּהֶם) rod, staff (√ dubious; Thes assumes √ מקל sprout; SchwZAW xi. 1891, 170f. from קלל = shake, with reference to oracle of the lot (compare קִלְקַל בַּחִצִּים Ezekiel 21:36); BarthZMG xii.1887, 616 gives √ קל, and compare bdb059601 stick driven by another, in sport; FräZA iii. 52, compare Ethiopic bdb059602 growth, stem, palm-tree (interchange of ב and מ)); — מ׳ absolute Numbers 22:27; construct Jeremiah 1:11 + 2 times, מַקַּל Genesis 30:37; suffix מַקְלִי Genesis 32:11 [Genesis 32:10] + 2 times; מַקְלוֺ 1 Samuel 17:40; Hosea 4:12; מַקֶּלְכֶם Exodus 12:11; plural absolute מַקְלוֺת Genesis 30:37 + 6 times; —
1. branch of tree as rod, stick, used by Jacob in breeding his flocks, Genesis 30:37 (לִבְנֶה לַח מ׳), Genesis 30:37; Genesis 30:38; Genesis 30:39; Genesis 30:41; Genesis 30:41; of symbolic rod (שָׁקֵד מ׳ almond-rod) in Jeremiah's vision Jeremiah 1:11; symbolic rods or staves, with names, used by prophets Zechariah 11:7, 10, 14; figurative of Moab תִּבְּאָרָה מ׳ Jeremiah 48:17 (|| מַטֵּהעֹֿז).
2. staff, used in journeying Genesis 32:11 [Genesis 32:10]; Exodus 12:11; 1 Samuel 17:40 compare 1 Samuel 17:43; carried even when riding Numbers 22:27; so also מַקֵּל יָד Ezekiel 39:9 (= riding-stick) according to Hi Da Berthol; < a weapon (+ מָגֵּן, צִנָּה, קֶשֶׁת, חִצִּים, רֹמַח).
3. wand of diviner Hosea 4:12.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


30:37; 30:37; 30:37; 30:37; 30:37; 30:38; 30:39; 30:41; 30:41; 32:10; 32:10


12:11; 12:11


22:27; 22:27

1 Samuel

17:40; 17:40; 17:43


1:11; 1:11; 48:17




4:12; 4:12


11:7; 11:7; 11:10; 11:14


Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H4731 matches the Hebrew מַקֵּל (maqqēl),
which occurs 18 times in 16 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:37 - Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:38 - He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:39 - the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:41 - Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:10 - I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:11 - In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:27 - When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:40 - Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 - And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 1:11 - And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond[fn] branch.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - Grieve for him, all you who are around him,
and all who know his name;
say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken,
the glorious staff.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 39:9 - “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs[fn] and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years,
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people inquire of a piece of wood,
and their walking staff gives them oracles.
For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,
and they have left their God to play the whore.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:7 - So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:10 - And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:14 - Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
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