At first made of reeds, and then of wood tipped with iron. Arrows are sometimes figuratively put for lightning ( Deuteronomy 32:23 Deuteronomy 32:42 ; Psalms 7:13 ; 18:14 ; 144:6 ; Zechariah 9:14 ). They were used in war as well as in the chase ( Genesis 27:3 ; 49:23 ). They were also used in divination ( Ezekiel 21:21 ).
The word is frequently employed as a symbol of calamity or disease inflicted by God ( Job 6:4 ; 34:6 ; Psalms 38:2 ; Deuteronomy 32:23 . Compare Ezekiel 5:16 ), or of some sudden danger ( Psalms 91:5 ), or bitter words ( Psalms 64:3 ), or false testimony ( Proverbs 25:18 ).