In English Versions of the Bible is used for:

(1) The stem of a tree, whether alive (Job 14:8; Isaiah 40:24) or cut down (Isaiah 44:19; Wisdom of Solomon 14:21). In Jeremiah 2:27; 3:9; Hosea 4:12, where the Hebrew has simply `ets, "wood," either meaning is possible (tree-worship? idolatry?). In Jeremiah 10:8 the text is doubtful.

(2) A family (Leviticus 25:47; 1 Esdras 5:37; Tobit 5:13; 1 Maccabees 12:21; 2 Maccabees 1:10; Acts 13:26; Philippians 3:5).

(3) Elsewhere (Job 13:27, etc.) the word refers to an instrument of punishment.


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'STOCK'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.