Third Vision: Surveyor
1I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem to determine its width and length.”
3Then the angel who was speaking with me went out, and another angel went out to meet him. 4He said to him, “Run and tell this young man: Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the number of people and livestock in it.”#Is 49:19; Jr 31:27; Ezk 36:11 5The declaration of the Lord: “I myself will be a wall#Is 26:1 of fire around it, and I will be the glory within it.”
6“Listen! Listen! Flee from the land of the north”#Jr 6:22; 10:22; 50:9 — this is the Lord’s declaration — “for I have scattered you like the four winds of heaven” — this is the Lord’s declaration. 7“Listen, Zion! Escape, you who are living with Daughter Babylon.” 8For the Lord of Armies says this: “In pursuit of his glory, he sent me against the nations plundering you, for whoever touches you touches the pupil#2:8 Or apple of my#2:8 Alt Hb tradition; MT reads his eye. 9For look, I am raising my hand against them, and they will become plunder for their own servants.#Is 11:15; 19:16 Then you will know that the Lord of Armies has sent me.
10“Daughter Zion, shout for joy and be glad, for I am coming to dwell among you” — this is the Lord’s declaration. 11“Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day and become my#2:11 LXX, Syr read his people.#Ps 47:9; Is 42:6; Mc 4:2 I will dwell among you, and you will know that the Lord of Armies has sent me to you. 12The Lord will take possession of Judah as his portion in the Holy Land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem.#2Ch 6:6; Zch 1:17; 3:2 13Let all people be silent#Hab 2:20 before the Lord, for from his holy dwelling he has roused himself.”