rush (Or bulrush)

A grasslike member of the sedge family with a pithy or hollow stem that grows in marshy or wet areas (Job 8:11). The “bulrushes” of which the infant Moses’s basket was woven were probably papyrus (Exod 2:3), since (Isa 18:2) mentions “papyrus vessels” used by the Ethiopians. The plants were used as fuel (Job 41:20) and woven into ropes (Job 41:2). Because of their fragile stems and their requirement for a specific environment, they became a symbol of weakness and vulnerability (Job 8:11-14; Isa 19:6-7; 2Kgs 18:21; Matt 11:7) or represented the lowly and insignificant (Isa 9:14; Isa 19:15; Isa 58:5). But in the same manner the flourishing of rushes could also be used as a symbol of abundance and blessing (Isa 35:7). Various English versions often interchange the translation of “rushes” (or “bulrushes”) and “reeds.”

Job 8:11

11“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

Exod 2:3

3When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the re ... View more

Isa 18:2

2sending ambassadors by the Nile
in vessels of papyrus on the waters!
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation tall and smooth,
to a people feared near and far,
a ... View more

Job 41:20

20Out of its nostrils comes smoke,
as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.

Job 41:2

2Can you put a rope in its nose,
or pierce its jaw with a hook?

Job 8:11-14

11“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?12While yet in flower and not cut down,
they wither before any other pla ... View more

Isa 19:6-7

6its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.7There will be bare places by the Nile,
... 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

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

Isa 9:14

14So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
palm branch and reed in one day—

Isa 19:15

15Neither head nor tail, palm branch or reed,
will be able to do anything for Egypt.

Isa 58:5

5Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fas ... View more

Isa 35:7

7the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rush ... View more

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