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Weights

Weights [N] [T]

Reduced to English troy-weight, the Hebrew weights were:

  • The gerah ( Leviticus 27:25 ; Numbers 3:47 ), a Hebrew word, meaning a grain or kernel, and hence a small weight. It was the twentieth part of a shekel, and equal to 12 grains.

  • Bekah ( Exodus 38:26 ), meaning "a half" i.e., "half a shekel," equal to 5 pennyweight.

  • Shekel, "a weight," only in the Old Testament, and frequently in its original form ( Genesis 23:15 Genesis 23:16 ; Exodus 21:32 ; Exodus 30:13 Exodus 30:15 ; 38:24-29 , etc.). It was equal to 10 pennyweight.

  • Ma'neh, "a part" or "portion" ( Ezekiel 45:12 ), equal to 60 shekels, i.e., to 2 lbs. 6 oz.

  • Talent of silver ( 2 Kings 5:22 ), equal to 3,000 shekels, i.e., 125 lbs.

  • Talent of gold ( Exodus 25:39 ), double the preceding, i.e., 250 lbs.

    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.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [T] indicates this entry was also found in Torrey's Topical Textbook

    Bibliography Information

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