Scirpus acutus.; Scirpus lacustris L. fide FAC, HOC but not necessarily USN Notes (Lake Rush):
Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
Isaiah 9:14 (KJV)
So the LORD cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day.
Isaiah 9:14 (RSV)
And Jehovah will cut off from Israel head and tail, shoot and rush in one day.
Isaiah 9:14 (NWT)
I suspect there are no divine differences between the common name reed and rush, and concur with Zohary, suggesting this, the largest species of the six local species of Schoenoplectus (formerly Scirpus). Noting that in Isaiah 58:5 there is reference to the rush bowing down their heads, as rushes do, Zohary concludes that rush and reed are both most logical translations of the Hebrew agmon, and that the larger the species, the more likely the translation. It is used in construction, braiding, purifying murky waters, and most parts are consumable in emergencies. But I find little in the way of medicinal uses. DEM entries below apply to S. acutus. EFS entries may apply to S. validus.
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