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)

Clean Garments for the High Priest

Then he showed me Joshua(AC) the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[c](AD) standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you,(AE) Satan! The Lord, who has chosen(AF) Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick(AG) snatched from the fire?”(AH)

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”

Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin,(AI) and I will put fine garments(AJ) on you.”

Then I said, “Put a clean turban(AK) on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.

The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements,(AL) then you will govern my house(AM) and have charge(AN) of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.(AO)

“‘Listen, High Priest(AP) Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic(AQ) of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch.(AR) See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua!(AS) There are seven eyes[d](AT) on that one stone,(AU) and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin(AV) of this land in a single day.

10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit(AW) under your vine and fig tree,(AX)’ declares the Lord Almighty.”


  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.”
  3. Zechariah 3:1 Hebrew satan means adversary.
  4. Zechariah 3:9 Or facets

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