Webster's New World College Dictionary:
"staff of life ... bread, regarded as the basic food."
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance: Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary:
"4294. matteh ... a branch (as extending; figuratively a tribe; also a rod, whether for chastening (figuratively correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff; figuratively a support of life, e.g. bread)."
"4938. mishenah ... support (abstract), i.e. (figuratively) sustenance or (concretely) a walking-stick."
Leviticus 26:23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;
24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
26 And when I have broken the staff [Strong's: matteh] of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Psalms 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff [Strong's: matteh] of bread.
Isaiah 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff [Strong's: mishenah], the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.
Ezekiel 4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff [Strong's: matteh] of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:
17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
Ezekiel 5:16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff [Strong's: matteh] of bread:
17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.
Ezekiel 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff [Strong's: matteh] of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
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