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Weights


"Reduced to English troy-weight, the Hebrew weights were: (1.)" "The gerah (Lev. 27:25; Num. 3:47), a Hebrew word, meaning a" "grain or kernel, and hence a small weight. It was the twentieth" "part of a shekel, and equal to 12 grains." "(2.) Bekah (Ex. 38:26), meaning "a half" i.e., "half a shekel," equal to 5 pennyweight. "(3.) Shekel, "a weight," only in the Old Testament, and "frequently in its original form (Gen. 23:15, 16; Ex. 21:32;" "30:13, 15; 38:24-29, etc.). It was equal to 10 pennyweight." "(4.) Ma'neh, "a part" or "portion" (Ezek. 45:12), equal to 60 "shekels, i.e., to 2 lbs. 6 oz." "(5.) Talent of silver (2 Kings 5:22), equal to 3,000 shekels, "i.e., 125 lbs." "(6.) Talent of gold (Ex. 25:39), double the preceding, i.e., 250 lbs.


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