A general term referring to tall hollow grasses growing in shallow water by streams, rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout Palestine. The giant reed grows to over 10 feet high, forming dense thickets along lake margins (Job 40:21). Reed mace or cattail, topped by a cylindrical brown spike, is often depicted as the mock scepter of Jesus in (Matt 27:29-30). The common reed sports dense purple plumes atop its tall stems, which move gracefully in the wind (Matt 11:7). The tall, sturdy stems of these grasses had diverse uses. The jagged edges of the broken stems were capable of piercing flesh (2Kgs 18:21) and may have been used as fishing spears. Some were sturdy enough to have been used as walking sticks (Ezek 29:7). Reeds were also effective as makeshift flutes, pens (3John 1:13; 3 Maccabees 4:2), and even a form of measuring rod (Ezek 40:3).

Job 40:21

21Under the lotus plants it lies,
in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh.

Matt 27:29-30

29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, Ki ... View more

Matt 11:7

Jesus Praises John the Baptist
7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed sh ... View more

2Kgs 18:21

21See, you are relying now on Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who ... View more

Ezek 29:7

7when they grasped you with the hand, you broke,
and tore all their shoulders;
and when they leaned on you, you broke,
and made all their legs unsteady.

3John 1:13

Final Greetings
13I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;

Ezek 40:3

3When he brought me there, a man was there, whose appearance shone like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand; and he was standing in the g ... View more

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