A perforated plate or screen used for separating grain from chaff or various-sized grains from each other. Earlier models used woven hair, grass, or small reeds set in flat, round rims or held in a concave basin form to allow shaking motions that would agitate the contents and separate them. Biblical usage is mainly metaphorical for God’s discipline (Amos 9:9) or his judgment (Isa 30:28; Luke 22:31).

Amos 9:9

9For lo, I will command,
and shake the house of Israel among all the nations
as one shakes with a sieve,
but no pebble shall fall to the ground.

Isa 30:28

28his breath is like an overflowing stream
that reaches up to the neck—
to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction,
and to place on the jaws of the peopl ... View more

Luke 22:31

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
31“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat,

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