Zechariah 5:6
New International Version
I asked, "What is it?" He replied, "It is a basket." And he added, "This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land."

New Living Translation
“What is it?” I asked. He replied, “It is a basket for measuring grain, and it’s filled with the sins of everyone throughout the land.”

English Standard Version
And I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the basket that is going out.” And he said, “This is their iniquity in all the land.”

Berean Study Bible
“What is it?” I asked. And he replied, “It is a measuring basket that is approaching.” Then he continued, “This is their iniquity in all the land.”

New American Standard Bible
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

King James Bible
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
So I asked, "What is it?" He responded, "It's a measuring basket that is approaching." And he continued, "This is their iniquity in all the land."

Contemporary English Version
"I don't know what it is," was my reply. "It's a big basket," he said. "And it shows what everyone in the land has in mind."

Good News Translation
"What is it?" I asked. He replied, "It is a basket, and it stands for the sin of the whole land."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I asked, "What is it?" He responded, "It's a measuring basket that is approaching." And he continued, "This is their iniquity in all the land."

International Standard Version
So I asked, "What is it?" He replied, "This is a basket making its appearance." He also said, "This is what it appears to be in the entire land."

NET Bible
I asked, "What is it?" And he replied, "It is a basket for measuring grain that is moving away from here." Moreover, he said, "This is their 'eye' throughout all the earth."

New Heart English Bible
And I said, "What is it?" And he said, "This is the ephah basket that is appearing." And he said moreover, "This is their iniquity throughout the land."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What is it?" I asked. "A basket is coming," he said. Then he added, "This is what the people's sins look like all over the earth."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I said: 'What is it?' And he said: 'This is the measure that goeth forth.' He said moreover: 'This is their eye in all the land--

New American Standard 1977
And 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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah to measure wheat that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance in all the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the basket that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

American King James Version
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

American Standard Version
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their appearance in all the land;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the measure that goes forth. And he said, This is their iniquity in all the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: What is it? And he said: This is a vessel going forth. And he said: This is their eye in all the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah that goeth forth. And he said, This is their resemblance in all the land.

English Revised Version
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is the ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance in all the land:

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

World English Bible
I said, "What is it?" He said, "This is the ephah basket that is appearing." He said moreover, "This is their appearance in all the land

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'What is it?' And he saith, 'This -- the ephah that is coming forth.' And he saith, 'This is their aspect in all the land.
Study Bible
The Vision of the Woman in a Basket
5Then the angel who was speaking with me came forward and told me, “Now lift up your eyes and see what is approaching.” 6“What is it?” I asked. And he replied, “It is a measuring basket that is approaching.” Then he continued, “This is their iniquity in all the land.” 7And behold, the cover of lead was raised, and there was a woman sitting inside the basket.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:36
You shall maintain honest scales and weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Amos 8:5
asking, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain? When will the Sabbath end, that we may market wheat? Let us reduce the ephah and increase the shekel; let us cheat with dishonest scales.

Zechariah 5:7
And behold, the cover of lead was raised, and there was a woman sitting inside the basket.

Treasury of Scripture

And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

This is an ephah.

Ezekiel 44:10,11
And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity…

Amos 8:5
Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?







Lexicon
“What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is it?”
הִ֑יא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

I asked.
וָאֹמַ֖ר (wā·’ō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

And he replied,
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“It is
זֹ֤את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

a measuring basket
הָֽאֵיפָה֙ (hā·’ê·p̄āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 374: Ephah -- an ephah (a measure of grain)

that is approaching.”
הַיּוֹצֵ֔את (hay·yō·w·ṣêṯ)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

Then he continued,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“This
זֹ֥את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

is their iniquity
עֵינָ֖ם (‘ê·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

in all
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the land.”
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
Verse 6. - What is it? The prophet did not clearly discern the object, or his question may mean, "What does it signify?" An ephah; the ephah, as "the curse" (ver. 3). The ephah was the largest of the dry measures in use among the Jews, and was equal to six or seven gallons. It was, of course, too small to contain a woman. The LXX. calls it simply "the measure;" the Vulgate, amphora; and it must be considered as an imaginary vessel of huge size. It may have a tacit reference to dishonest dealings (comp. Amos 8:5; Micah 6:10). This is their resemblance; literally, this is their eye. The Authorized Version explains the meaning accurately. "Eye" is often used for that which is seen, as in Leviticus 13:55, where the Authorized Version has "colour;" and Numbers 11:7, where in reference to the manna we read, "The eve thereof was as the eye of bdellium" (comp. Ezekiel 1:4, 16). So here the meaning is: This ephah and this whole vision represent the wicked in the land. Some take "the eye" to mean the object of sight, that to which they look. But the ephah was not sot forth for all the people to examine. The LXX. and Syriac, from some variation in the reading, have ἀδικία, "iniquity," and some critics have desired to adopt this in the text. But authority and necessity are equally wanting. 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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