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Zechariah 5:7

    Zechariah 5:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sits in the middle of the ephah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    (and, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead); and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I saw a round cover of lead lifted up; and a woman was seated in the middle of the ephah.

    Webster's Revision

    (and, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead); and this is a woman sitting 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."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    (and behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead:) and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah.

    Definitions for Zechariah 5:7

    Ephah - To surround; compass.
    Talent - A weight, money, or gift.

    Barnes' Notes on Zechariah 5:7

    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."

    Wesley's Notes on Zechariah 5:7

    5:7 And behold - Here is another part of this vision. Lifted up - Brought thither to cover it. A talent - A piece of lead of a talent weight, as large as the mouth of the ephah. A woman - A woman, the third in the vision. Perhaps this vision was purposely obscure, least a plain denunciation of the second overthrow of the state and temple, might discourage them from going forward in the present restoration of them.