Old Testament

Zechariah 5
The Sixth Vision: A Flying Scroll
51Again I lifted up my eyes and looked. I saw a flying scroll!
2He asked me, “What do you see?”
I said, “I see a flying scroll! It is thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide.”[]
3Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going out over the face of the whole earth: On the basis of the curse, everyone who steals will be expelled in one direction, and everyone who swears falsely will be expelled in the other direction.[] 4I will send it out, declares the Lord of Armies, and it will go to the house of the thief and to the house of the one who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in his house and consume it, both wood and stone.”
The Seventh Vision: A Woman in a Basket
5Then the angel who was speaking with me came forward and said to me, “Lift up your eyes, now, and see what is going out.”
6So I asked, “What is it?”
He replied, “This is the basket[] that is going out.”
He also said, “This is their guilt[] in all the earth.”
7As I watched, the lead cover was lifted, and I saw that there was a woman sitting inside the basket.
8He said, “This is Wickedness.” Then he pushed her down inside the basket, and he pushed the lead weight onto its opening.
9Then I lifted my eyes and looked again. There were two women coming toward me! The wind was in their wings. They had wings like the wings of a stork. They lifted up the basket between the earth and the heavens.
10So I said to the angel who was speaking with me, “Where are they taking the basket?”
11He told me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar.[] When it is ready, it will be set there on its foundation.”


  • 5:2 Twenty cubits by ten cubits
  • 5:3 Another interpretation is that this verse refers to writing on two sides of the scroll, rather than to two directions.
  • 5:6 Hebrew ephah, here and in verses 7-11
  • 5:6 The translation follows Greek and Syriac manuscripts and one Hebrew manuscript. Other Hebrew manuscripts read their eyes. In Hebrew script the words eye and guilt look very much alike.
  • 5:11 That is, Babylon