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occurs in Leviticus 19:36 and Isaiah 46:6 , as the rendering of the Hebrew kanch' , which properly means "a reed" or "a cane," then a rod or beam of a balance. This same word is translated "measuring reed" in Ezekiel 40:3 Ezekiel 40:5 ; 42:16-18 . There is another Hebrew word, mozena'yim , i.e., "two poisers", also so rendered ( Daniel 5:27 ). The balances as represented on the most ancient Egyptian monuments resemble those now in use. A "pair of balances" is a symbol of justice and fair dealing ( Job 31:6 ; Psalms 62:9 ; Proverbs 11:1 ). The expression denotes great want and scarcity in Revelation 6:5 .

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Balance". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .