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a tall sedgy plant with a hollow stem, growing in moist places

In Isaiah 43:24; Jeremiah 6:20, the Hebrew word kaneh is thus rendered, giving its name to the plant.

It is rendered “reed” in 1 Kings 14:15; Job 40:21; Isaiah 19:6; 35:7.

In Psalms 68:30, the expression “company of spearmen” is in the margin and the Revised King James Version “beasts of the reeds,” referring probably to the crocodile or the hippopotamus as a symbol of Egypt.

In 2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 36:6; Ezek. 29:6-7, the reference is to the weak, fragile nature of the reed.