Zakariyya 5

Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, a flying scroll. 2He said to me, What do you see?

I answered, I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.

3Then he said to me, This is the curse that goes out over the surface of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off according to it on the one side; and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off according to it on the other side. 4I will cause it to go out, says Allah, Lord of the universe, and it will enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by my name; and it will remain in the midst of his house, and will destroy it with its timber and its stones.

5Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and said to me, Lift up now your eyes, and see what is this that is appearing.

6I said, What is it?

He said, This is the ephah[1] basket that is appearing. He said moreover, This is their appearance in all the land 7(and, behold, a talent[2] of lead was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah basket. 8He said, This is Wickedness; and he threw her down into the midst of the ephah basket; and he threw the weight of lead on its mouth.

9Then lifted I up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were two women, and the wind was in their wings. Now they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah basket between earth and the sky. 10Then I said to the angel who talked with me, Where are these carrying the ephah basket?

11He said to me, To build her a house in the land of Shinar. When it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.


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[1]5:6  An ephah is a measure of volume of about 22 litres, 5.8 U. S. gallons, 4.8 imperial gallons, or a bit more than half a bushel.

[2] 5:7 A talent is a weight of about 34 kilograms or 75 pounds.