KJV Dictionary Definition: rod


ROD, n. L. radius, ray, radix, root.

1. The shoot or long twig of any woody plant; a branch, or the stem of a shrub; as a rod of hazle, of birch, of oak or hickory. Hence,

2. An instrument of punishment or correction; chastisement.

I will chasten him with the rod of men. 2Sam. 7. Prov. 10.

3. Discipline; ecclesiastical censures. 1Cor. 4.

4. A king of scepter.

The rod and bird of peace.

5. A pole for angling; something long and slender.

6. An instrument for measuring; but more generally, a measure of length containing five yards, or sixteen feet and a half; a pole; a perch. In many parts of the United States, rod is universally used for pole or perch.

7. In Scripture, a staff or wand. 1Sam. 14.

8. Support.

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Ps. 23.

9. A shepherd's crook. Lev. 27.

10. An instrument for threshing. Is. 28.

11. Power; authority. Ps. 125.

12. A tribe or race. Ps. 74.

Rod of iron, the mighty power of Christ. Rev. 19. Ps. 2.