5:6 basket. See text note. The ephah was a unit of dry measure equivalent to about 21 quarts (Judg. 6:19; Ruth 2:17). Clearly, such a basket would not contain an adult, but precise realism is not necessarily characteristic of prophetic visions (Num. 12:6–8 and notes).
going out. The wickedness of the people was not limited to specific acts of sin (as one might conclude from the previous vision) but had infected the lives of all God’s people.