What was a "scepter"? (Psalm 125:3)

The scepter of the wicked will not remain
    over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
    their hands to do evil.

Psalms 125:1 - 5

ESV - 1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
A scepter is a rod-shaped object (often ornate or decorated) that is regarded as a symbol of the power and control of a ruler (either an actual king or a non-royal ruler). It represents both the elevated status of the individual who possesses it, as well as the authority of that individual to exercise power, and, particularly, to impose punishments on those who refuse to acknowledge or accept that authority.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
A sceptre (British English) or scepter (American English) is a staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch as an item of royal or imperial insignia. Figuratively, it means royal or imperial authority or sovereignty. Wikipedia

This particular scepter in Psalm 125:3 is called the “scepter of wickedness” and was wielded by Persians and greedy Israelites who disobeyed God’s law and exploited their own people (Neh. 5). The prevalence of evil makes it easier for everybody to sin (Matt. 24:12), but the Lord will not permit this to go on forever. The people who trust God will obey His Word no matter what others may do, and they will not succumb to temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). Wiersbe

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