Zechariah 2
Measuring Jerusalem
1Then I looked up and saw a man holding a rope for measuring things. 2I asked him, “Where are you going?”
He said to me, “I am going to measure Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.”
3Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel went out to talk to him. 4He said to him, “Run and tell that young man this:
‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls,
because there will be too many people and animals living there.’
5The Lord says,
‘I will be a wall of fire around her, to protect her,
and to bring glory to that city, I will live there.’”
God Calls His People Home
The Lord says,
6“Hurry! Leave the land in the North in a hurry.
Yes, it is true that I scattered your people in every direction.
7You people from Zion now live in Babylon.
Escape! Run away from that city!”
8The Lord sent me to the nations that took away your wealth.
He sent me to bring you honor.
And this is what the Lord All-Powerful said:
“If anyone even touches you,
it is as if they did it to the pupil of my eye.
9Watch and see how I will punish them:
Their own slaves will become their masters and take all their wealth.”
Then you will know it was the Lord All-Powerful
who sent me to tell you these things.
10The Lord says,
“Zion, be happy, because I am coming,
and I will live in your city.
11At that time people from many nations
will come to me.
They will become my people,
and I will live in your city.”
Then you will know it was the Lord All-Powerful
who sent me to tell you these things.
12The Lord will again choose Jerusalem to be his special city.
Judah will be his share of the holy land.
13Everyone, be quiet!
The Lord is coming out of his holy house.
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