4508 sickle
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A cutting tool with a short handle used in harvesting grain. Early blades were made of wood lined with flint teeth; these were later replaced with curved iron blades. The cutting down of grain at harvest with a sickle is used as a symbol of God's judgment.

Sickles used to harvest grain

Mark 4:29 See also Deuteronomy 16:9; Deuteronomy 23:25 Sickles were not to be used in another person's field; 1 Samuel 13:19-21; Jeremiah 50:16

Cutting down grain as a symbol of judgment

Joel 3:13; Revelation 14:14-19 See also Isaiah 17:5; Jeremiah 51:33; Micah 4:12; Matthew 13:30

See also

4406  agriculture
4428  corn
4456  grain
4464  harvest
4510  sowing & reaping
5583  tools
9210  judgment, God's

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