1Then I looked up and saw a man. He was holding a measuring line.2“Where are you going?” I asked. “To measure Jerusalem,” he answered. “I want to find out how wide and how long it is.”3Then the angel who was talking with me left. Another angel came over to him.4He said to him, “Run! Tell that young man Zechariah, ‘Jerusalem will be like a city that does not have any walls around it. It will have huge numbers of people and animals in it.5And I myself will be like a wall of fire around it,’ announces the Lord. ‘I will be the city's glory.’ ”6“Israel, I have scattered you in all four directions,” announces the Lord. “Come quickly! Run away from the land of the north,” announces the Lord.7“Come, people of Zion who are in Babylonia! Escape, you who live in the city of Babylon!”8The Lord rules over all. His angel says to Israel, “The Lord has sent me to honor him. He wants me to punish the nations that have robbed you of everything. After all, anyone who hurts you hurts those the Lord loves and guards.9So I will raise my powerful hand to strike your enemies down. Their own slaves will rob them of everything. Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me.10” ‘People of Zion, shout and be glad! I am coming to live among you,’ announces the Lord.11‘At that time many nations will join themselves to me. And they will become my people. I will live among you.’ says the Lord. Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.12“He will receive Judah as his share in the holy land. And he will choose Jerusalem again.13“All you people of the world, be still because the Lord is coming. He is getting ready to come down from his holy temple in heaven.”
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A Vision of a Man with a Measuring Line
1 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! (Eze 40:3; Re 11:1)2Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” (Zec 1:16)3And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him (Zec 1:9; Zec 1:19)4and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. (Es 9:19; Isa 49:19; Jer 31:27; Zec 12:6; Zec 14:10)5And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.’” (Ps 125:2; Isa 4:5; Zec 9:8)6Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declares the Lord. For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the Lord. (Isa 48:20; Eze 5:10; Eze 17:21; Zec 7:14)7Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. (Isa 52:11)8For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: (De 32:10; Jer 12:14)9“Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. (Isa 11:15; Isa 19:16; Eze 33:33; Eze 39:10; Zec 4:9; Zec 6:15)10Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. (Le 26:12; Ps 40:7; Isa 12:6; Eze 37:27; Zep 3:14; Zep 3:15; Zec 8:3; 2Co 6:16)11And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. (Isa 2:2; Zec 2:9; Zec 2:10; Zec 8:22)12And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” (De 32:9; Hab 2:20; Zec 1:17)13Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.