A Man With a Measuring Line

[a]Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?”

He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”(A)

While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls(B) because of the great number(C) of people and animals in it.(D) And I myself will be a wall(E) of fire(F) around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory(G) within.’(H)

“Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered(I) you to the four winds of heaven,”(J) declares the Lord.(K)

“Come, Zion! Escape,(L) you who live in Daughter Babylon!”(M) For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye(N) I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.[b](O) Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.(P)

10 “Shout(Q) and be glad, Daughter Zion.(R) For I am coming,(S) and I will live among you,”(T) declares the Lord.(U) 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people.(V) I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.(W) 12 The Lord will inherit(X) Judah(Y) as his portion in the holy land and will again choose(Z) Jerusalem. 13 Be still(AA) before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.(AB)


  1. Zechariah 2:1 In Hebrew texts 2:1-13 is numbered 2:5-17.
  2. Zechariah 2:9 Or says after … eye: “I … plunder them.”

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod(A) of gold to measure the city, its gates(B) and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[a] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human(C) measurement, and it was 144 cubits[b] thick.[c] 18 The wall was made of jasper,(D) and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.(E) 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.(F) The first foundation was jasper,(G) the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby,(H) the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[d] 21 The twelve gates(I) were twelve pearls,(J) each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.(K)

22 I did not see a temple(L) in the city, because the Lord God Almighty(M) and the Lamb(N) are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God(O) gives it light,(P) and the Lamb(Q) is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.(R) 25 On no day will its gates(S) ever be shut,(T) for there will be no night there.(U) 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.(V) 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,(W) but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(X)

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  1. Revelation 21:16 That is, about 1,400 miles or about 2,200 kilometers
  2. Revelation 21:17 That is, about 200 feet or about 65 meters
  3. Revelation 21:17 Or high
  4. Revelation 21:20 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.

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