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Sickle

SICKLE (sĭk'l, Heb. hermēsh, a reaping hook, maggāl, a reaping hook, Gr. drepanon, a tool used for cutting grain). The earlier sickles varied in size, shape, and the material from which they were made. The earliest type seems to have been constructed of wood. It resembled our modern scythes, though smaller, and its cutting edge was made of flint. Later sickles were constructed of metal. These were used mostly for cutting grain, but on occasion they were used for pruning. Mark and John use the sickle in a figurative sense as the instrument of God’s judgment (Mark.4.29; Rev.14.14-Rev.14.20).