Zechariah 5:11
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New International Version
He replied, "To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place."

New Living Translation
He replied, "To the land of Babylonia, where they will build a temple for the basket. And when the temple is ready, they will set the basket there on its pedestal."

English Standard Version
He said to me, “To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it. And when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its base.”

New American Standard Bible
Then he said to me, "To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there on her own pedestal."

King James Bible
And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To build a shrine for it in the land of Shinar," he told me. "When that is ready, the basket will be placed there on its pedestal."

International Standard Version
He answered me, "To the land of Shinar, so they can build a temple to the woman in the basket. Then when its preparations are complete, the basket will be set there in its place."

NET Bible
He replied, "To build a temple for her in the land of Babylonia. When it is finished, she will be placed there in her own residence."

New Heart English Bible
He 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."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He answered me, "They are going to build a house for it in Shinar [Babylonia]. When the house is ready, they will set the basket there on a stand."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said unto me: 'To build her a house in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she shall be set there in her own place.

New American Standard 1977
Then he said to me, “To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there on her own pedestal.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, To build it a house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto me, To build it a house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon its own base.

American King James Version
And he said to me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there on her own base.

American Standard Version
And he said unto me, To build her a house in the land of Shinar: and when it is prepared, she shall be set there in her own place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to me: That a house may be built for it in the land of Sennaar, and that it may be established, and set there upon its own basis.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said unto me, To build it a house in the land of Shinar; and it shall be established, and set there upon its own base.

English Revised Version
And he said unto me, To build her an house in the land of Shinar: and when it is prepared, she shall be set there in her own place.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to me, To build for it a house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

World English Bible
He 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."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith unto me, 'To build to it a house in the land of Shinar.' And it hath been prepared and hath been placed there on its base.
Study Bible
The Woman in a Basket
10I said to the angel who was speaking with me, "Where are they taking the ephah?" 11Then he said to me, "To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar; and when it is prepared, she will be set there on her own pedestal."
Cross References
Genesis 10:10
The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 11:2
It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Genesis 14:1
And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim,

Isaiah 11:11
Then it will happen on that day that the Lord Will again recover the second time with His hand The remnant of His people, who will remain, From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, And from the islands of the sea.

Daniel 1:2
The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god.

Zechariah 5:10
I said to the angel who was speaking with me, "Where are they taking the ephah?"
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there on her own base.

To.

Deuteronomy 28:59 Then the LORD will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of …

Jeremiah 29:28 For therefore he sent to us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is …

Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, …

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away …

the land.

Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, …

Genesis 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found …

Genesis 14:1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch …

Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his …

Daniel 1:2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part …

Verse 11. - To build it (her) an house. The LXX. refers the pronoun to the ephah, but it seems more natural to refer it to a person, the woman. The feminine gender of the original would apply to either. She is carried away from Judaea to have a permanent dwelling in a land more suited to her. Pusey thinks that possibly a temple may be intended, "a great idol temple, in which the god of this world should be worshipped." In the land of Shinar; i.e. the ideal land of unholiness, where the world power first arrayed itself against God in the attempt at Babel. Septuagint, ἐν γῇ Βαβυλῶνος, (Genesis 11:2, etc.). Shinar, equivalent to Sumer in the Assyrian monuments, denotes Lower or Southern Babylon; Accad, Upper or Northern Babylon. And it shall be established. The house shall be firmly fixed there. Others render, "when it is ready." And set there. The gender shows that the woman is meant, not the house: "And she shall be set there in her own place." Thus from the spiritual Zion all wickedness shall be abolished (Zechariah 3:9) and sent to its own place prepared for the enemies of God and holiness. Doubtless, too, a warning is here conveyed to those Jews who still lingered in Babylon, that they were dwelling in a land accursed of God, and were liable to be involved in the fate which pursues ungodliness. Orelli and some others see in these two visions an analogy to the two goats on the Day of Atonement, of which one was sacrificed for the sins of the people, and the other bore away their iniquity to the demons' abode, the wilderness (Leviticus 16.).



And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar,.... That is, in the province of Babylon, as the Targum paraphrases it; for Babel, or Babylon, was in the land of Shinar, Genesis 10:10 whither the Jews were carried captive, Daniel 1:2 Isaiah 11:11, and the bearing of the "ephah" thither may denote the cause of their captivity, the measure of sins filled up by them: though this some understand of the like injuries, oppressions, and vexations, brought upon the Chaldeans in the land of Shinar, which they before exercised towards and upon the Jews; and others of the rejection of wicked men from among the Jews, by Ezra and Nehemiah, transporting them as it were back to Babylon again: others of the dispersion of the Jews by the Romans, who chiefly settled after that in the eastern parts of the world; though indeed the whole world was a land of Shinar, or "shaking out" (n) unto them; they being shook out of their own land, and scattered about everywhere; which dispersion has been long and lasting, notorious and conspicuous; and they are now settled upon their own base, established upon their former principles of legality and self-righteousness, and rejection of the true Messiah; or rather this may be understood of the transfer of the ephah, or whole measure of iniquity, into mystical Babylon. The antichristian church of Rome is called Babylon; she is represented as a sink of sin, a mystery of iniquity, Revelation 17:5 and a house being built for this man of sin, antichrist, denotes the continuance of him; and being established on its own base, shows the false foundation on which the church of Rome is built, and her carnal security. So Cocceius, by the "two women", understands the two kingdoms or powers of antichrist, the civil and ecclesiastical powers; which support the man of sin, lift him up, and give him the highest place in the church, and fix his seat where idolatry and persecution reign, as formerly did in Babylon, in the land of Shinar. Though the whole may very well be applied to the last and everlasting punishment of sin and sinners, when the whole measure is filled up. The end of sin and sinners is death and everlasting destruction. The ephah, and the woman in it, are carried, not upwards to heaven, nor to the New Jerusalem, but to the land of Shinar, the land of shaking; to hell, where are utter darkness, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth; where a house is built for them, which denotes their continuance there; and which, being established on its own base, shows their punishment shall forever remain; their worm never dies; their fire is not quenched; the smoke of it ascends for ever and ever; their destruction is an everlasting destruction.

(n) "terra excussionis", Menoch ins. 11. To build … house in … Shinar—Babylonia (Ge 10:10), the capital of the God-opposed world kingdoms, and so representing in general the seat of irreligion. As the "building of houses" in Babylon (Jer 29:5, 28) by the Jews themselves expressed their long exile there, so the building of an house for "wickedness" there implies its permanent stay.

set … upon her own base—fixed there as in its proper place. "Wickedness" being cast out of Judah, shall for ever dwell with the antichristian apostates (of whom Babylon is the type), who shall reap the fruit of it, which they deserve. 5:5-11 In this vision the prophet sees an ephah, something in the shape of a corn measure. This betokened the Jewish nation. They are filling the measure of their iniquity; and when it is full, they shall be delivered into the hands of those to whom God sold them for their sins. The woman sitting in the midst of the ephah represents the sinful church and nation of the Jews, in their latter and corrupt age. Guilt is upon the sinner as a weight of lead, to sink him to the lowest hell. This seems to mean the condemnation of the Jews, after they filled the measure of their iniquities by crucifying Christ and rejecting his gospel. Zechariah sees the ephah, with the woman thus pressed in it, carried away to some far country. This intimates that the Jews should be hurried out of their own land, and forced to dwell in far countries, as they had been in Babylon. There the ephah shall be firmly placed, and their sufferings shall continue far longer than in their late captivity. Blindness is happened unto Israel, and they are settled upon their own unbelief. Let sinners fear to treasure up wrath against the day of wrath; for the more they multiply crimes, the faster the measure fills.
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