The Palestinian mill consisted of two large stones put together for grinding corn. One kind was worked by two women (Matt. 24: 41) who sat opposite each other; another kind had a pole thrust through a hole and was operated by an ass, and this may have been in the mind of Jesus (Matt. 18: 6). A millstone was a vital piece of village equipment (Deut. 24: 6) and could even be used as a weapon (Judg. 9: 53). Its weight was proverbial (Rev. 18: 21).