Zechariah 5:9
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9  I looked up again and saw two women come soaring with the wind in their wings—they had wings like those of a stork—and carry off the tub between earth and sky.

va-e-SA ay-NAI va-AY-re v’-hi-NAY sh’-TA-yim na-SHEEM yo-tz’-OT v’-RU-akh b’-khan-fay-HEM v’-la-HAY-nah kh’-na-FA-yim k’-khan-FAY ha-kha-see-DAH va-ti-SE-nah et HA-ay-FAH BAYN ha-A-retz u-VAYN ha-sha-MA-yim

ט  וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי וָאֵרֶא וְהִנֵּה שְׁתַּיִם נָשִׁים יוֹצְאוֹת וְרוּחַ בְּכַנְפֵיהֶם וְלָהֵנָּה כְנָפַיִם כְּכַנְפֵי הַחֲסִידָה וַתִּשֶּׂאנָה אֶת־הָאֵיפָה בֵּין הָאָרֶץ וּבֵין הַשָּׁמָיִם׃

5:9 And saw two women come soaring with the wind

Zecharya has a fantastic vision of a woman, who personifies evil, being thrust into a basket that is sealed with lead. She is then carried by two other women, portrayed as angels, who expel her from the Beit Hamikdash and carry her away to Babylonia. Some take this to symbolize the removal of the Babylonian cult, which worshipped the goddess Ishtar, from the Land of Israel. The Talmud (Kiddushin 49b) symbolically identifies these two women as pride and hypocrisy, who, together with evil, find themselves exiled from the Holy Land and sent to Babylonia.

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  • I find the comment from the Talmud to be quite an eye opener.
    I have always wondered what this passage was talking about and have never read a commentary that really explained it.
    Pride in man's own accomplishments, for which he takes all the glory instead of worshipping God and praising Him for the ability to carry out the tasks that he designates to us, certainly describes not only past generations that have gone against the Divine will but the generation in which we currently abide.

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