Zechariah 5:1-11

  • Vision 6: The flying scroll (1-4)

  • Vision 7: The ephah container (5-11)

    • A woman inside named Wickedness (8)

    • The container taken away to Shinar (9-11)

5  Again I looked up, and I saw a flying scroll.  He asked me: “What do you see?” I replied: “I see a flying scroll, which is 20 cubits* long and 10 cubits wide.”  Then he said to me: “This is the curse that is going out over the face of all the earth, because everyone who steals,+ as written on its one side, has gone unpunished; and everyone who makes a sworn oath,+ as written on its other side, has gone unpunished.  ‘I have sent it out,’ declares Jehovah of armies, ‘and it will enter into the house of the thief and into the house of the one who makes a false oath in my name; and it will remain inside that house and consume it and its timbers and its stones.’”  Then the angel who was speaking with me came forward and said to me: “Look up, please, and see what is going out.”  So I asked: “What is it?” He replied: “This is the eʹphah container* that is going out.” He continued: “This is their appearance in all the earth.”  And I saw that the round lid of lead was lifted up, and there was a woman sitting inside the container.  So he said: “This is Wickedness.” Then he threw her back into the eʹphah container, after which he thrust the lead weight over its mouth.  Then I looked up and saw two women coming forward, and they were soaring in the wind. They had wings like the wings of a stork. And they lifted up the container between the earth and heaven. 10  So I asked the angel who was speaking with me: “Where are they taking the eʹphah container?” 11  He replied: “To the land of Shiʹnar*+ to build her a house; and when it is prepared, she will be deposited there in her proper place.”


A cubit equaled 44.5 cm (17.5 in.). See App. B14.
Lit., “the ephah,” here referring to a container or basket used to measure an ephah. An ephah equaled 22 L (20 dry qt). See App. B14.
That is, Babylonia.