מטות - "Tribes"
Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying, "This is the word which the LORD has commanded.
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The Hebrew Word
Mattot (Strong's #4294) means "branch" or "staff" and is figuratively used to mean "a tribe". It is used 247 times in 205 verses in the Tanakh.
First use in Scripture
The first time mattot is used in Scripture is in Genesis 38:18.
He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" And she said, "Your seal and your cord , and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
Last use in Scripture
The last time mattot is used in Scripture is in Habbakkuk 3:14.
You pierced with his own spears The head of his throngs. They stormed in to scatter us; Their exultation was like those Who devour the oppressed in secret.
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