An instrument with a simple or compound blade set as a small curve and rigged with a handle to allow short horizontal strokes for cutting grass, weeds, or grains. Biblical references to its use in harvest are numerous (Deut 16:9; Deut 23:25; Jer 50:16; Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29), and it appears metaphorically as a tool of the harvest of human life at the last judgment (Rev 14:14-20).

Deut 16:9

The Festival of Weeks Reviewed
9You shall count seven weeks; begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain.

Deut 23:25

25If you go into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the ears with your hand, but you shall not put a sickle to your neighbor's standing grain.

Jer 50:16

16Cut off from Babylon the sower,
and the wielder of the sickle in time of harvest;
because of the destroying sword
all of them shall return to their own people ... View more

Joel 3:13

13Put in the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread,
for the wine press is full.
The vats overflow,
for their wickedness is great.

Mark 4:29

29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Rev 14:14-20

Reaping the Earth's Harvest
14Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like the Son of Man, with a golden crown on his head, ... View more

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