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cane

Hebrew: קָנֶה —transliteration: kaneh, kawneh or qaneh —meaning: a stalk, reed

Cane grass (reed) (Arundo donax).
Cane

Cane is a tall sedgy plant with a hollow stem, growing in moist places. It is a type of grass, and there are many species.

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

Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels [approx. 6¼ pounds] of sweet-smelling cane… —Exodus 30:23 NKJV

Dan and Javan paid for your wares, traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise. —Ezekiel 27:19 NKJV

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

In Psalm 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.

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Article Version: June 25, 2019