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Easton's Bible Dictionary


of the Hebrew was pointed, sometimes two-edged, was worn in a sheath, and suspended from the girdle (Exd 32:27; 1Sa 31:4; 1Ch 21:27; Psa 149:6: Prov. 5:4; Eze 16:40; 21:3-5).

It is a symbol of divine chastisement (Deu 32:25; Psa 7:12; 78:62), and of a slanderous tongue (Psa 57:4; 64:3; Pro 12:18). The word of God is likened also to a sword (Hbr 4:12; Eph 6:17; Rev 1:16). Gideon's watchword was, "The sword of the Lord" (Jdg 7:20).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia




Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3162 Greek: machaira


"a short sword or dagger" (distinct from No. 2), e.g., Mat 26:47, 51, 52 and parallel passages; Luk 21:24; 22:38, possibly "a knife" (Field, Notes on the Translation of the NT); Hbr 4:12 (see TWO-EDGED); metaphorically and by metonymy,

(a) for ordinary violence, or dissensions, that destroy peace, Mat 10:34;

(b) as the instrument of a magistrate or judge, e.g., Rom 13:4;

(c) of the Word of God, "the sword of the Spirit," probing the conscience, subduing the impulses to sin, Eph 6:17.

2 Strong's Number: g4501 Greek: rhomphaia


a word of somewhat doubtful origin, denoted "a Thracian weapon of large size," whether a sword or spear is not certain, but usually longer than No. 1; it occurs

(a) literally in Rev 6:8;

(b) metaphorically, as the instrument of anguish, Luk 2:35; of judgment, Rev 1:16; 2:12, 16; 19:15, 21, probably figurative of the Lord's judicial utterances.

Smith's Bible Dictionary



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