And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand!
Then 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.”
And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him
and 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.
And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
Up! 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.
Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.
For 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:
“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.
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD.
And 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.
And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”
Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
And I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a man, and in his hand a measuring line.
And I said to him, Whither goest thou? And he said to me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth of it, and what is the length of it.
And, behold, the angel that spoke with me stood by, and another angel went forth to meet him,
and spoke to him, saying, Run and speak to that young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be fully inhabited by reason of the abundance of men and cattle in the midst of her.
And I will be to her, saith the Lord, a wall of fire round about, and I will be for a glory in the midst of her.
Ho, ho, flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I will gather you from the four winds of heaven, saith the Lord,
even to Sion: deliver yourselves, ye that dwell with the daughter of Babylon.
For thus saith the Lord Almighty; After the glory has he sent me to the nations that spoiled you: for he that touches you is as one that touches the apple of his eye.
For, behold, I bring my hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to them that serve them: and ye shall know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.
Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Sion: for, behold, I come, and will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
And many nations shall flee for refuge to the Lord in that day, and they shall be for a people to him, and they shall dwell in the midst of thee: and thou shalt know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to thee.
And the Lord shall inherit Juda his portion in the holy land, and he will yet choose Jerusalem.
Let all flesh fear before the Lord: for he has risen up from his holy clouds.
I looked up, and I saw a man holding a measuring line.
“Where are you going?” I asked. “To measure Jerusalem,” he replied, “to see how long and wide it is to be.”
But the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him.
The former said to him, “Run to that young man and tell him: “Jerusalem shall be peopled as a city without walls, so many shall be the men and cattle it contains.
And I Myself— declares the LORD— will be a wall of fire all around it, and I will be a glory inside it.
“Away, away! Flee from the land of the north— says the LORD— though I swept you [there] like the four winds of heaven— declares the LORD.”
Away, escape, O Zion, you who dwell in Fair Babylon!
For thus said the LORD of Hosts— He who sent me after glory concerning the nations that have taken you as spoil: “Whoever touches you touches the pupil of his own eye.
For I will lift My hand against them, and they shall be spoil for those they enslaved.”— Then you shall know that I was sent by the LORD of Hosts.
Shout for joy, Fair Zion! For lo, I come; and I will dwell in your midst— declares the LORD.
In that day many nations will attach themselves to the LORD and become His people, and He will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that I was sent to you by the LORD of Hosts.
The LORD will take Judah to Himself as His portion in the Holy Land, and He will choose Jerusalem once more.
Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD! For He is roused from His holy habitation.
Verses 10 and 11 are the most important ones for me in this chapter. We again see the Lord say he will dwell in our midst, and that many nations other than Israel will “join themselves to the Lord”.