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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 (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 45:6; Isaiah 14:5). There is no example on record of a scepter having ever been actually handled by a Jewish king.