The Messenger-Angel appeared and said, "Look up. Tell me what you see."
I said, "What in the world is that?" He said, "This is a bushel basket on a journey. It holds the sin of everyone, everywhere."
Then the lid made of lead was removed from the basket - and there was a woman sitting in it!
He said, "This is Miss Wicked." He pushed her back down into the basket and clamped the lead lid over her.
Then I looked up and to my surprise saw two women flying. On outstretched wings they airlifted the bushel basket into the sky.
I said to the Messenger-Angel, "Where are they taking the bushel basket?"
He said, "East to the land of Shinar. They will build a garage to house it. When it's finished, the basket will be stored there."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)