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Weight

WEIGHT

wat (Measure of quantity) mishqal, (mishqol (Ezekiel 4:10), from shaqkal, "to weigh" 'ebhen, "a stone" used for weighing in the balance):

Weights were commonly of stone or bronze (or of lead, Zechariah 5:7,8). They were of various forms, such as the lion-shaped weights of Babylonia and Assyria, or in the form of birds and other animals. The Hebrew and Phoenician weights, when made of stone, were barrel-shaped or spindle-shaped, but in bronze they were often cubical or octagonal or with numerous faces (see illustration under WEIGHTS AND MEASURES). Hemispherical or dome-shaped stone weights have been found in Palestine (PEFS, 1902, p. 344; 1903, p. 117; 1904, p. 209).

Figurative:

The phrase "without weight" (2 Kings 25:16) signifies a quantity too great to be estimated. "Weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17, baros) has a similar meaning, but with a spiritual reference. "Weighty," "weightier" (Matthew 23:23; 2 Corinthians 10:10, barus, baruteros), signify what is important. The Greek (ogkos) (Hebrews 12:1), is used in the sense of burden, hindrance, as is also the Hebrew neTel (Proverbs 27:3).

H. Porter


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'WEIGHT'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.