zéreth [Hebrew, זָ֫רֶת ]

An ancient Hebrew unit of length, = 3 tophach (some say 2), about 22.2 centimeters (8.75 inches). opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system Also romanized as zeres.

In the Bible in English, it has been translated as “span.”


And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

1 Samuel 17:4 (King James)

And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an handbreadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.

Ezekiel 43:13 (King James)

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40:12 (King James)

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