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Sceptre


Sceptre. This word originally meant a rod or staff. It was thence specifically applied to the shepherd’s crook, Lev. 27:32; Micah 7:14, and to the wand or sceptre of a ruler. The allusions to it are all of a metaphorical character, and describe it simply as one of the insignia of supreme power. Gen. 49:10. We are consequently unable to describe the article from any biblical notice; we may infer that it was probably made of wood. The sceptre of the Persian monarch is described as “golden,” i.e., probably of massive gold. Esther 4:11.