The Vision of the Measuring Line
1Then I looked up. And I saw a man holding a line for measuring things. 2I asked him, “Where are you going?”
He said to me, “I am going to measure Jerusalem. I will see how wide and how long it is.”
3Then the angel who was talking with me left. And another angel came out to meet him. 4The second angel said to him, “Run and tell that young man this: ‘Jerusalem will become a city without walls because there will be so many people and cattle in it. 5I will be a wall of fire around it,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will be the glory within it.’
6“Hurry! Run away from Babylon. I have scattered you in all directions,” says the Lord.
7“Hurry, people of Jerusalem! Escape from Babylon.” 8This is what the Lord of heaven’s armies says: “Whoever hurts you hurts what is precious to me.”
So the Lord will honor me. And he will send me to speak against those nations who scattered you. 9“I will raise my hand against them. Their slaves will rob them.”
Then you will know that the Lord of heaven’s armies sent me.
10“Shout and be glad, Jerusalem. I am coming, and I will live among you,” says the Lord. 11“At that time people from many nations will come to the Lord. And they will become my people. I will live among you. And you will know that the Lord of heaven’s armies has sent me to you. 12Judah will be the Lord’s special part of the holy land. And Jerusalem will be his chosen city again. 13Be silent, everyone. The Lord is coming out of the holy place where he lives.”