Two ancient Hebrew units:
A unit of dry capacity, about 230 liters (6.5 bushels). Ezekiel 45:14 contains a definition of the unit.
In translations of the Bible into English, the chomer has been romanized as “homer.” In 1 Kings 18: 32 the word is usually translated “measure.”
10 Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.
11 The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure shall be after the homer.
12 And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh. [Seemaneh for a more understandable translation-ed.]
13 This is the oblation that ye shall offer; the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of wheat, and ye shall give the sixth part of an ephah of barley;
14 Concerning the ordinance of oil, the bath of oil, ye shall offer the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is a homer of ten baths; for ten baths are an homer.
Ezekiel 45:10-14 (King James)
Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
Isaiah 5:10 (King James)
And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
Numbers 11:32 (King James)
So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley :
Hosea 3:2 (King James)
A unit of land area, about 2.4 hectares (6 acres). This was a seed measure of land, the amount of land that could be planted with 1 chomer of seed.
In the Bible in English the unit of land area is also romanized as “homer.”
And if a man shall sanctify unto the Lord some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof: an homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.
Leviticus 27:16 (King James)
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