Zechariah 2

1Then I looked up, and I 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 that was speaking to me left. And another angel went out to talk to him. 4He said to him, “Run and tell that young man that ˻Jerusalem will be too big to measure˼. Tell him these things: 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls. Why? Because there will be too many people and animals living there.’ 5The Lord says, 'I will be a wall of fire around her, protecting her. And to bring glory to that city, I will live there.’” 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 All-Powerful said ˻these things˼. He sent me to the nations that stole things from you. He sent me to bring ˻you˼ honor! Why? Because hurting you is like hurting the pupil of God’s eye. 9˻The people of Babylon took my people and made them slaves.˼ But I will beat them, and they will become the slaves of my people. And then you will know that the Lord All-Powerful sent me.” 10The Lord says, “Zion, be happy! Why? 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.” And then you will know that the Lord All-Powerful sent me. 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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