This translates the Hebrew word ma·ʽatsadhʹ, which denotes a tool used for shaping wood, and even iron. (Jer. 10:3; Isa. 44:12) The root from which this Hebrew term is considered to be drawn has been linked with words in related languages meaning “reap,” “cut off.” Consequently Koehler (Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros, p. 550) defines ma·ʽatsadhʹ as “billhook.” The modern billhook consists of a handle and a blade with a hook-shaped point. However, others understand ma·ʽatsadhʹ to designate a kind of ax, since this is its meaning in late Hebrew, and suggest that it may refer to an adz.