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Weight and Mass
by Wayne Blank
Balances were known throughout The Bible, with literal and symbolic usages.
A Planned Creation
"Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?" (Isaiah 40:12 RSV) (see The Seven Days Of Creation)
Honesty Commanded By God
"You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin [see Biblical Weights and Measures]: I am The Lord your God [see Rock Of Ages], who brought you out of the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:35-36 RSV)
Symbolic Of Judgment
"Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!" (Job 31:6 RSV)
"When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I saw, and behold, a black horse [see The Four Horsemen], and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!" (Revelation 6:5-6 RSV)
Fact Finder: What are the "seven seals" of the Book of Revelation?
This Week's Bible Quiz
What was the occupation of these people?
3. David, before he became king?
5. Jesus Christ, before His ministry began?
6. The apostle John?
7. The apostle Peter?
8. The apostle Matthew?
9. The apostle Paul? (see On The Road To Damascus)
10. The apostle Luke?
For the answers to this April 23 2002 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page