|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Of the Egyptians resembled that in modern use. The ears of corn were cut with it near the top of the straw. There was also a sickle used for warlike purposes, more correctly, however, called a pruning-hook (Deuteronomy 16:9; Jeremiah 50:16, marg., "scythe;" Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A reaping instrument consisting of a steel blade curved into the form of a hook, and having a handle fitted on a tang. The sickle has one side of the blade notched, so as always to sharpen with a serrated edge. Cf. Reaping hook, under Reap.
2. (n.) A group of stars in the constellation Leo.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
sik'-'l (chermesh (Deuteronomy 16:9; Deuteronomy 23:25), maggal; compare Arabic minjal (Jeremiah 50:16 Joel 3:13); drepanon (Mark 4:29 Revelation 14:14-19)): Although the ancients pulled much of their grain by hand, we know that they also used sickles. The form of this instrument varied, as is evidenced by the Egyptian sculptures. The earliest sickle was probably of wood, shaped like the modern scythe, although much smaller, with the cutting edge made of sharp flints set into the wood. Sickle flints were found at Tel el-Chesy. Crescent-shaped iron sickles were found in the same mound. In Palestine and Syria the sickle varies in size. It is usually made wholly of iron or steel and shaped much like the instrument used in western lands. The smaller-sized sickles are used both for pruning and for reaping.
James A. Patch
Sickle (13 Occurrences)
Mark 4:29 But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come." (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
John 4:35 Do you not say, 'It wants four months yet to the harvest'? But look round, I tell you, and observe these plains-- they are already ripe for the sickle. (WEY)
Revelation 14:14 I looked, and behold, a white cloud; and on the cloud one sitting like a son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 14:15 Another angel came out from the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, "Send forth your sickle, and reap; for the hour to reap has come; for the harvest of the earth is ripe!" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 14:16 He who sat on the cloud thrust his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 14:17 Another angel came out from the temple which is in heaven. He also had a sharp sickle. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 14:18 Another angel came out from the altar, he who has power over fire, and he called with a great voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Send forth your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for the earth's grapes are fully ripe!" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 14:19 The angel thrust his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 16:9 You shall count for yourselves seven weeks: from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain you shall begin to number seven weeks. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 23:25 When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you shall not move a sickle to your neighbor's standing grain. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 13:20 but all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his plowshare, mattock, axe, and sickle; (WEB DBY RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 50:16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him who handles the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn everyone to his people, and they shall flee everyone to his own land. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joel 3:13 Put in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the winepress is full, the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)