PRUNING HOOK (Heb. mazmerôth). An agricultural tool used in the cultivation of the vine, with a sharp knifelike end for pruning (
The exact shape of the pruning hook is not known. The blade apparently was not large since it could be forged from a spear-point. It was sickle-shaped and attached to a short handle. A blade found at Tell Jemmeh and dated from the 9th cent. may be from a pruning hook. Pruning and the use of the pruning hook are signs of peace and prosperity (cf.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See Hook, (3); VINE.