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Scepter

Hebrew: shebet = Greek: skeptron)

properly a staff or rod

As a symbol of authority, the use of the scepter originated in the idea that the ruler was as a shepherd of his people (Gen. 49:10; Num. 24:17; Ps. 45:6; Isa. 14:5). There is no example on record of a scepter having ever been actually handled by a Jewish king.