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Weights and Measures

Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making. (Proverbs 16:11)
 
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Duck Weights

 

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Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt. (Leviticus 19:36)

 

 

Iron Steelyard

 

Date: 4th century AD.

Place: Dorn farm, Gloucestershire, England.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. (Proverbs 11:1)

 

 

Bronze Balance

 

Date: Roman Imperial period

Place: London, England.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

 

Bronze Pair of Scales

 

Date: Roman Imperial period

Place: Unknown

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?  Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? (Isaiah 40:12-15)

 

 

Bronze Steelyard with Two Hooks and a Weight

 

Date: 1st century AD

Place: Unknown

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

 

Scales

 

Date: pre 79 AD.

Place: Pompeii

 

Photographed at the Naples National Archeological Museum, Naples, Italy.

 

When Jeremiah bought a piece of land, he weighed the silver on scales:

“I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels  of silver.  I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales.” (Jeremiah 32:9-10)

 

 

Balance

 

Date: 3-4th century AD.

Place: Picardy, France

 

Photographed at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

 

Weights

 

Date: 3-4th century AD.

Place: Picardy, France

 

Photographed at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

With whom will you compare me or count me equal?  To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?  Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.  They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands.  From that spot it cannot move.  Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer; it cannot save them from their troubles. (Isaiah 46:5-7)

 

 

Balance with Rider in the Form of a Negro Slave

 

Date: 2nd century AD.

Place: Unknown (by Museum)

 

Photographed at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

 

Abacus

 

Date: Roman imperial period

Place: Italy

 

Photographed at the National Museum of Rome, Rome, Italy.