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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 - And Jacob took him rods H4731 of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. H4731
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:38 - And he set the rods H4731 which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:39 - And the flocks conceived before the rods, H4731 and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:41 - And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods H4731 before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. H4731
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:10 - I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff H4731 I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:11 - And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff H4731 in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 22:27 - And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. H4731
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:40 - And he took his staff H4731 in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 - And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? H4731 And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 1:11 - Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod H4731 of an almond tree.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod! H4731
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 39:9 - And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, H4731 and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff H4731 declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:7 - And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; H4731 the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:10 - And I took my staff, H4731 even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:14 - Then I cut asunder mine other staff, H4731 even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
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