Zechariah’s Third Vision
1And I looked up#Literally “lifted up my eyes” and I saw, and look, a man, and in his hand was a measuring rope! 2And I asked, “Where are you going?” And he answered me, “To measure Jerusalem to see what is its width and what is its length.” 3And look, the angel who was talking to me was coming forward, and another angel was coming forward to meet him. 4And he said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without walls#Literally “like open regions” because of the multitude of people and animals in its midst. 5And I will be for it a wall of fire all around,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh, ‘and I will be the glory in its midst.’ ”
6“Woe! Woe! Flee from the land of the north,” declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh, “for I have scattered you like the four winds of the heavens,” declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh. 7“Woe, Zion! Escape, you inhabitants of the daughter of Babylon!” 8For thus said Yahweh of hosts, after glory#The phrase “after glory” is difficult to interpret he sent me against the nations plundering you: Truly, the one touching you is touching the apple#Hebrew “pupil,” but the expression “apple of his eye” has become well-established in English of his eye. 9“Yes, look! I am going to wave my hand against them, and they will become plunder for their servants, and you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent me. 10Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for look, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh. 11“Many nations will join themselves to Yahweh on that day, and they will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. And you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent me to you. 12And Yahweh will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land,#Literally “upon the land of the holiness” and he will again choose Jerusalem. 13Be silent, all people,#Literally “all flesh” before Yahweh, for he is roused from his holy dwelling.”#Literally “the dwelling place of his holiness”