New American Standard Bible
(and behold, a lead cover was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting inside the ephah."
King James Bible
And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
Darby Bible Translation
And behold, there was lifted up a round plate of lead; and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
World English Bible
(and behold, a talent of lead was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah basket."
Young's Literal Translation
And lo, a cake of lead lifted up; and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And behold there was lifted up a talent of lead - the heaviest Hebrew weight, elsewhere of gold or silver; the golden talent weighing, 1,300,000 grains; the silver, 660,000; here, being lead, it is obviously an undefined mass, though circular , corresponding to the Ephah. The Ephah too was the largest Hebrew measure, whose compass cannot now, with certainty, be ascertained . Both probably were, in the vision, ideal. Theodoret: "Holy Scripture calleth the punishment of sin, lead, as being by nature heavy. This the divine David teacheth us, "mine iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden, they are too heavy for me" Psalm 38:4. The divine Zechariah seeth sin under the image of a woman; for most evils are engendered by luxury. But he seeth the punishment, like most heavy lead, lying upon the mouth of iniquity, according to a Psalm, "all iniquity shall stop her mouth" Psalm 107:42. Ambr. in Psalm 35. n. 9. Opp. i.:769: "Iniquity, as with a talent of lead, weighs down the conscience."
This is a woman - Literally, "one woman," all sin being concentrated and personified in one, as he goes on to speak of her as the, personified, wickedness. The sitting may represent her abiding tranquil condition in her sins, according to the climax in Psalm 1:1-6, "and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful" Psalm 1:1; and, "thou sittest and speakest against thy brother" Psalm 50:20; (Lap.), "not standing as by the way, but sitting, as if of set purpose, of custom and habit." "Whoso hath peace in sins is not far from lying down in them, so that, oppressed by a spirit of slumber, he neither sees light, nor feels any blow, but is kept down by the leaden talent of his obduracy."
CHAPTERS I-VIII Two months after Haggai had delivered his first address to the people in 520 B.C., and a little over a month after the building of the temple had begun (Hag. i. 15), Zechariah appeared with another message of encouragement. How much it was needed we see from the popular despondency reflected in Hag. ii. 3, Jerusalem is still disconsolate (Zech. i. 17), there has been fasting and mourning, vii. 5, the city is without walls, ii. 5, the population scanty, ii. 4, and most of the people …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
I said, "What is it?" And he said, "This is the ephah going forth." Again he said, "This is their appearance in all the land
Then he said, "This is Wickedness!" And he threw her down into the middle of the ephah and cast the lead weight on its opening.
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