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Zechariah, chapter 2, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 2

New English Translation

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

King James Version

   1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
   2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
   3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
   4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
   5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
   6 ¶ Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
   7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.
   8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
   9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
   10 ¶ Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
   11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
   12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
   13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

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