Pim weight, a polished stone about 15 mm (5/8 inch) diameter, equal to about two-thirds of a Hebrew shekel. Many specimens have been found since their initial discovery early in the 20th century, and each one weighs about 7.6 grams compared to 11.5 grams of a shekel. Its name, which can also be transliterated as "payim", comes from the inscription seen across the top of its dome shape: פימ.
Here is the 1611 translation of the King James Version of the Bible:
- Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
The 1982 New King James Version rendered it:
- And the charge for a sharpening was a pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads.
- William G. Dever, Will Dever. Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Biblical Research. Samuel and Althea Stroum lectures in Jewish studies. Publisher: University of Washington Press, 1989. p 33. ISBN 0295972610, 9780295972619
- Macalister, R. A. Stewart (1912). The Excavation of Gezer 1902-1905 and 1907-1909 Vol. II. London: John Murray. p. 285.
- Avraham Negev; Shimon Gibson, eds. (2003). Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. pp. 537–9.