Zechariah 5:1
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New International Version
I looked again, and there before me was a flying scroll.

New Living Translation
I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.

English Standard Version
Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll!

New American Standard Bible
Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying scroll.

King James Bible
Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I looked up again and saw a flying scroll."

International Standard Version
Then I looked up and saw a flying scroll!

NET Bible
Then I turned to look, and there was a flying scroll!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I looked up again and saw a flying scroll.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I turned and lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold a flying roll.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying scroll.

American King James Version
Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

American Standard Version
Then again I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, a flying roll.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I turned and lifted up my eyes: and I saw, and behold a volume flying.

Darby Bible Translation
And I lifted up mine eyes again, and saw, and behold, a flying roll.

English Revised Version
Then again I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold, a flying roll.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

World English Bible
Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a flying scroll.

Young's Literal Translation
And I turn back, and lift up mine eyes, and look, and lo, a flying roll.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-4 The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are rolls, in which God has written the great things of his law and gospel; they are flying rolls. God's word runs very swiftly, Ps 147:15. This flying roll contains a declaration of the righteous wrath of God against sinners. Oh that we saw with an eye of faith the flying roll of God's curse hanging over the guilty world as a thick cloud, not only keeping off the sunbeams of God's favour, but big with thunders, lightnings, and storms, ready to destroy them! How welcome then would the tidings of a Saviour be, who came to redeem us from the curse of the law, being himself made a curse for us! Sin is the ruin of houses and families; especially the doing hurt to others and false witness. Who knows the power of God's anger? God's curse cannot be kept out by bars or locks. While one part of the curse of God ruins the substance of the sinner, another part will rest on the soul, and sink it to everlasting punishment. All are transgressors of the law, so we cannot escape this wrath of God, except we flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us in the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-4. - § 8. The sixth vision: the flying roll. Verse 1. - Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes; i.e. I lifted up mine eyes again, and saw the vision that follows. The prophet had seen, in the fourth vision, how in the new theocracy the priesthood should be pure and holy; in the fifth how the Church should be restored; he is now shown that sinners should be cut off, that no transgression should be left in the kingdom of God. A flying roll; volumen volans (Vulgate): comp. Ezekiel 2:9, 10. The Hebrews used parchment and leather scrolls for writing; the writing was divided into columns, and when completed the document was rolled round one or two sticks and kept in a case. In the present vision the scroll is unrolled and exhibited in its full length and breadth, showing that it was to be made known to all. Its flight denotes the speedy arrival of the judgment, and, as it is seen in the heaven, so the punishment proceeds from God. Theodotion and Aquila render the word, διφθέρα, "leather;" the Septuagint, by mistake, δρέπανον, "a sickle."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then I turned, and lift up mine eyes, and looked,.... The prophet turned himself from looking upon the candlestick and olive branches, having had a full and clear understanding of them, and looked another way, and saw another vision:

and behold a flying roll, a volume or book flying in the air; it being usual for books, which were written on parchment, to be rolled up in the form of a cylinder; whence they were called rolls or volumes.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 5

Zec 5:1-4. Sixth Vision. The Flying Roll. The fraudulent and perjuring transgressors of the law shall be extirpated from Judea.

1. flying roll—of papyrus, or dressed skins, used for writing on when paper was not known. It was inscribed with the words of the curse (De 27:15-26; 28:15-68). Being written implied that its contents were beyond all escape or repeal (Eze 2:9). Its "flying" shows that its curses were ready swiftly to visit the transgressors. It was unrolled, or else its dimensions could not have been seen (Zec 5:2). Being open to all, none could say in excuse he knew not the law and the curses of disobedience. As the previous visions intimated God's favor in restoring the Jewish state, so this vision announces judgment, intimating that God, notwithstanding His favor, did not approve of their sins. Being written on both sides, "on this and on that side" (Zec 5:3) [Vatablus] connects it with the two tables of the law (Ex 32:15), and implies its comprehensiveness. One side denounced "him that sweareth falsely (Zec 5:4) by God's name," according to the third commandment of the first table, duty to God; the other side denounced theft, according to the eighth commandment, which is in the second table, duty to one's neighbor.

Zechariah 5:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Flying Scroll
1Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying scroll. 2And he said to me, "What do you see?" And I answered, "I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits."…
Cross References
Revelation 5:1
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

Jeremiah 36:2
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now.

Ezekiel 2:9
Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,
Treasury of Scripture

Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

roll.

Zechariah 5:2 And he said to me, What see you? And I answered, I see a flying roll; …

Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take you a great roll, and write in …

Jeremiah 36:1-6,20-24,27-32 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah …

Ezekiel 2:9,10 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent to me; and, see, a roll …

Revelation 5:1-14 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book …

Revelation 10:2,8-11 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

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