Vision Three: The Surveyor
2:1 I looked again, and there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2:2 I asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “To measure Jerusalem 1 in order to determine its width and its length.” 2:3 At this point the angelic messenger 2 who spoke to me went out, and another messenger came to meet him 2:4 and said to him, “Hurry, speak to this young man 3 as follows: ‘Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls 4 because of the multitude of people and animals there. 2:5 But I (the Lord says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem 5 and the source of glory in her midst.’”
2:6 “You there! 6 Flee from the northland!” says the Lord, “for like the four winds of heaven 7 I have scattered you,” says the Lord. 2:7 “Escape, Zion, you who live among the Babylonians!” 8 2:8 For the Lord who rules over all says to me that for his own glory 9 he has sent me to the nations that plundered you – for anyone who touches you touches the pupil 10 of his 11 eye. 2:9 “I am about to punish them 12 in such a way,” he says, “that they will be looted by their own slaves.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me.
2:10 “Sing out and be happy, Zion my daughter! 13 For look, I have come; I will settle in your midst,” says the Lord. 2:11 “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, 14 and they will also be my 15 people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you. 2:12 The Lord will take possession of 16 Judah as his portion in the holy land and he will choose Jerusalem once again. 2:13 Be silent in the Lord’s presence, all people everywhere, 17 for he is being moved to action in his holy dwelling place. 18