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Flying Scroll and Basket

Once again I lifted up my eyes and behold, I saw a flying scroll!

Then the angel asked me, “What do you see?”

I replied, “I see a flying scroll twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.”

He said to me: “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land: everyone who steals will be swept away from here according to it, and everyone who swears will be swept away from here according to it.” “I will send it out”—it is a declaration of Adonai-Tzva’ot—“and it will enter into the house of the thief and into the house of the one who swears falsely by My Name and will reside inside his house destroying it, both its wood and its stones.”

Then the angel speaking with me came forward, and said to me, “Now lift up your eyes and see what is appearing.”

I asked, “What is it?”

He replied, “This is the measuring basket[a] that goes out.” He continued, “This is their eye in all the land.” Then behold, a lead cover was lifted and a woman was sitting in the middle of the measuring basket. The angel exclaimed, ‘This is Wickedness!’ Then he shoved her back inside the measuring basket, throwing the lead weight over its mouth.

After this I lifted up my eyes and behold, I saw two women emerging with the wind in their wings (they had wings like the wings of a stork) and they raised the measuring basket between the earth and the heaven.

10 I asked the angel who was speaking with me, “Where are they taking the measuring basket?”

11 He said, “To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar. When it is prepared, she will live there in her own place.”


  1. Zechariah 5:6 Heb. ephah=about 1 bushel.