Zechariah 5:5-11

The woman in the basket

5 Then the angel that talked to me came near to me. He said, ‘Look. And see the thing that has just appeared.’

6 I said, ‘What is it?’

He said, ‘It is a basket that people measure with.’ Then he said, ‘It is the sin of all the people in this country.’

7 He lifted the heavy metal lid and there was a woman. She was sitting in the basket!

8 The angel said, ‘This is sin.’ He pushed her into the basket again and he put the heavy metal lid on top of the basket.

9 Then I looked up and I saw two women. They flew towards me with strong wings. The wind carried them as the wind carries large birds. They lifted the basket between the earth and the sky.

10 Then I said to the angel that talked with me, ‘Where will these women take the basket?’

11 The angel said to me, ‘They will take the basket to the country called Babylon. They will build a house for it there. When the house is ready, they will put the basket inside the house. They will put it where people can see it.’