Vision Three: The Surveyor
2:1 (2:5) 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 Jerusalem1 in order to determine its width and its length.”
2:3 At this point the angelic messenger2 who spoke to me went out, and another messenger came to meet him
2:4 and said to him, “Hurry, speak to this young man3 as follows: ‘Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls4 because of the multitude of people and animals there.
2:5 But I (the Lord> says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem5 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 heaven7 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 glory9 he has sent me to the nations that plundered you – for anyone who touches you touches the pupil10 of his11 eye.
2:9 “I am about to punish them12 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 my15 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 of16 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