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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.
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 [fn]took fresh rods H4731 of poplar, almond, and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white that was [fn]in the rods H4731.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:38 - He set the rods H4731 which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the drinking troughs, that is, in the watering channels where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:39 - So the flocks mated by the rods H4731, and the flocks delivered striped, speckled, and spotted offspring.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:41 - Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods H4731 in the sight of the flock in the drinking troughs, so that they would mate by the rods H4731;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 32:10 - [fn]I am unworthy of all the [fn]favor and of all the [fn]faithfulness, which You have shown to Your servant; for with only my staff H4731 I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:11 - ‘Now you shall eat it in this way: with your garment [fn]belted around your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff H4731 in your hand; and you shall eat it in a hurry—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; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his staff H4731.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:40 - Then he took his staff H4731 in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, that is, in his shepherd’s pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 17:43 - So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks H4731?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 1:11 - And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a branch H4731 of an [fn]almond tree.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - “Mourn for him, all you who live around him,
And all of you who know his name;
Say, ‘How the mighty [fn]scepter has been broken,
A staff H4731 of splendor!’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 39:9 - “Then those who inhabit the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons and burn them, both [fn]bucklers and shields, bows and arrows, war clubs H4731 and spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 4:12 - My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand H4731 informs them;
For a spirit of infidelity has led them astray,
And they have been unfaithful, departing [fn]from their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:7 - So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, [fn]therefore also the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs H4731: the one I called [fn]Favor, and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:10 - And I took my staff H4731 [fn]Favor and cut it in pieces, to [fn]break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:14 - Then I cut in pieces my second staff H4731 Union, to break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

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