Glossary: Staff/Rod

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Leadership, guidance


Proverbs 22:15 (KJV) Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Proverbs 10:13 (KJV) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

  • Rod and staff used for Jesus’ renewing our our souls (teaching/shepherding our souls).

Psalms 23:1-4 (KJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… He restoreth my soulthy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

  • According to Goliath, dogs (fools, see “Dog”) need staves (the rod of a shepherd).

1 Samuel 17:43 (KJV) And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves [staffs]? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

  • God tells Jerusalem and Judah that He will remove the “staff” from them. Then He proceeds to explain that the “staff” He was referring to were their leaders — both counselors and leaders of war. Verse 12 confirms that the “staff” is referring to “those which led them.” 

Isaiah 3:1-4 (KJV) For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay [lit. a support, staff] and the staff, the whole stay [or staff] of bread, and the whole stay [or staff] of water, 2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, 3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. 4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. VERSE 12) As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

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