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 Ezek. 40:3, 5; 42:16-18.

There is another Hebrew word, mozena'yim, i.e., “two poisers”, also so rendered (Dan. 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; Psalm 62:9; Proverbs 11:1).

The expression denotes great want and scarcity in Rev. 6:5.