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I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.

“What do you see?” he asked.

“A flying scroll!” I replied. “It appears to be about thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide!”

“This scroll,” he told me, “represents the words of God’s curse going out over the entire land. It says that all who steal and lie have been judged and sentenced to death.”

“I am sending this curse into the home of every thief and everyone who swears falsely by my name,” says the Lord Almighty. “And my curse shall remain upon his home and completely destroy it.”

Then the angel left me for a while, but he returned and said, “Look up! Something is traveling through the sky!”

“What is it?” I asked.

He replied, “It is a bushel basket filled with the sin prevailing everywhere throughout the land.”

Suddenly the heavy lead cover on the basket was lifted off, and I could see a woman sitting inside the basket!

He said, “She represents wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and clamped down the heavy lid again.

Then I saw two women flying toward us, with wings like those of a stork. And they took the bushel basket and flew off with it, high in the sky.

10 “Where are they taking her?” I asked the angel.

11 He replied, “To Babylon[a] where they will build a temple for the basket, to worship it!”


  1. Zechariah 5:11 To Babylon (the land of Shinar). By the time of Zechariah, Babylon had become a symbol, the center of world idolatry and wickedness.