Chapter 5

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1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.

3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Commentary for Zechariah 5

The vision of a flying roll. (1-4) The vision of a woman and an ephah. (5-11)1-4 The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are rolls, in which God has written the great things of his law and gospel; they are flying rolls. God's word runs very swiftly, #Ps 147:15|. This flying roll contains a declaration of the righteous wrath of God against sinners. Oh that we saw with an eye of faith the flying roll of God's curse hanging over the guilty world as a thick cloud, not only keeping off the sunbeams of God's favour, but big with thunders, lightnings, and storms, ready to destroy them! How welcome then would the tidings of a Saviour be, who came to redeem us from the curse of the law, being himself made a curse for us! Sin is the ruin of houses and families; especially the doing hurt to others and false witness. Who knows the power of God's anger? God's curse cannot be kept out by bars or locks. While one part of the curse of God ruins the substance of the sinner, another part will rest on the soul, and sink it to everlasting punishment. All are transgressors of the law, so we cannot escape this wrath of God, except we flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us in the gospel.

5-11 In this vision the prophet sees an ephah, something in the shape of a corn measure. This betokened the Jewish nation. They are filling the measure of their iniquity; and when it is full, they shall be delivered into the hands of those to whom God sold them for their sins. The woman sitting in the midst of the ephah represents the sinful church and nation of the Jews, in their latter and corrupt age. Guilt is upon the sinner as a weight of lead, to sink him to the lowest hell. This seems to mean the condemnation of the Jews, after they filled the measure of their iniquities by crucifying Christ and rejecting his gospel. Zechariah sees the ephah, with the woman thus pressed in it, carried away to some far country. This intimates that the Jews should be hurried out of their own land, and forced to dwell in far countries, as they had been in Babylon. There the ephah shall be firmly placed, and their sufferings shall continue far longer than in their late captivity. Blindness is happened unto Israel, and they are settled upon their own unbelief. Let sinners fear to treasure up wrath against the day of wrath; for the more they multiply crimes, the faster the measure fills.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Zechariah 5

  • Carol on Zechariah 5
    Zechariah 5:6 what is the true definition of "ephah" clearly this is not talking about weights or measures bushel, and as in 5:7-11 a woman can not set in a "weight" - two winged women lifted the ephah up, can you please explain this to me?
  • Manny on Zechariah 5
    The last section at the end is referring to the establishment of spiritual Babylon
  • Carl D on Zechariah 5:9
    The depiction through writing in the Hebrew texts of "women " is becoming known to be in accurate. The word for woman in Hebrew is the same as the word for "fire ". This begins to make sense when reading in Ezekiel when he refers to an epha or container containing and evil women that has a lead covering on it. It too is raised up into the sky and delivers death. It makes more sense to see these two occurrences of women with wings ascending, as missiles having atomic war-heads in them.
  • Wayne on Zechariah 5
    The seed of Christianity has been cast around the world,the virgin birth, the death, burial and resurection of Christ and why they have happened has been made known to all the world for these 2000 years.GOD almighty offers grace and love to all through faith in JESUS CHRIST, and through JESUS CHRIST alone, no other way,very simple, salvation is a free unmerrited gift from GOD, we only need to except the gift, for eternal life in heaven. BUT, the time has come for the seed to stop being sown, the fields of the world have had the seed cast upon them, the harvest is close at hand,and yet as it was in the timee of Noah, every thought and intent of mans heart is only evil continually. Even so Come LORD JESUS!
  • Davie on Zechariah 5
    an ephah was a measure of dry things, in zech ch5:6 in the midst of the ephah is wickedness,mystery babylon,a container of wickedness,look at photos of ancient ephahs (google) mystery babylon is the "body" of the man of sin,the mystery of iniquity,made up of the new age,masonary,apostate churches,cults,false science,who seek to bring about a new world order and give birth to there "head" the beast...
  • Stella fay fitch on Zechariah 5
    ephah what does this word meneg?
  • Sister Cleaveland on Zechariah 5
    Could the flying scroll be satellite technology, & the two women symbolically the two women we see in Revelation 12 & 17? The land of Shinar, is that modern day Iraq? As I read this text it reminded me of how the enemy has infiltrated this technology to the point of Identity theft, porn you name it its happening through this technology.
  • Brian harris on Zechariah 5
    This is a detailed vision of a nuclear holocaust that God gave Zechariah.


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