Zechariah 2

A Vision of a Man with a Measuring Line

1 1 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, o a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 Then I said, "Where are you going?" And he said to me, p "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length." 3 And behold, q the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him 4 and said to him, "Run, say to that young man, r 'Jerusalem shall be inhabited s as villages without walls, because of t the multitude of people and livestock in it. 5 And I will be to her u a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.'"

6 Up! Up! v Flee from the land of the north, declares the Lord. For I have w spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the Lord. 7 x Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. 8 For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me 2 to the nations who plundered you, y for he who touches you touches z the apple of his eye: 9 "Behold, a I will shake my hand over them, b and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then c you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. 10 d Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for e behold, I come f and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. 11 g And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. f And I will dwell in your midst, and c you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 12 h And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again i choose Jerusalem."

13 Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

  1. Cross References
    Ezekiel 40:3
    When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway.
    Revelation 11:1
    Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there.
  2. Cross References
    Zechariah 1:16
    Therefore, thus says the Lord, I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy; my house shall be built in it, declares the Lord of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.
  3. Cross References
    Zechariah 1:9
    Then I said, 'What are these, my lord?' The angel who talked with me said to me, 'I will show you what they are.
    Zechariah 1:19
    And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" And he said to me, "These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
  4. Cross References
    Zechariah 12:6
    On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
    Zechariah 14:10 - 11
    The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses.
  5. Cross References
    Esther 9:19
    Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the rural towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and as a day on which they send gifts of food to one another.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:19
    Surely your waste and your desolate places and your devastated land - surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants, and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
    Jeremiah 31:27
    Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 4:5
    Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy.
    Zechariah 9:8
    Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes.
    Psalms 125:2
    As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 48:20
    Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth; say, "The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!
  9. Cross References
    Zechariah 7:14
    "and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate."
    Ezekiel 5:10
    Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds.
    Ezekiel 17:21
    And all the pick of his troops shall fall by the sword, and the survivors shall be scattered to every wind, and you shall know that I am the Lord ; I have spoken.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 52:11
    Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.
  11. Cross References
    Jeremiah 12:14
    Thus says the Lord concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage that I have given my people Israel to inherit: "Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:10
    He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:15
    And the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt, and will wave his hand over the River with his scorching breath, and strike it into seven channels, and he will lead people across in sandals.
    Isaiah 19:16
    In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them.
  14. Cross References
    Ezekiel 39:10
    So that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord God.
  15. Cross References
    Zechariah 4:9
    The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.
    Zechariah 6:15
    "And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord. And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God."
    Ezekiel 33:33
    When this comes - and come it will! - then they will know that a prophet has been among them.
  16. Cross References
    Zephaniah 3:14
    Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 40:7
    Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
  18. Cross References
    Zechariah 8:3
    Thus says the Lord : I have returned to Zion an...
    Isaiah 12:6
    Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, ...
    Ezekiel 37:27
    My dwelling place shall be with them, and I wil...
    Zephaniah 3:15
    The Lord has taken away the judgments against y...
    2 Corinthians 6:16
    What agreement has the temple of God with idols...
    Leviticus 26:12
    And I will walk among you and will be your God,...
  19. Cross References
    Zechariah 8:22
    Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.
    Isaiah 2:2
    It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it.
  20. Cross References
    Zechariah 2:10
    Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.
  21. Cross References
    Zechariah 2:9
    Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:9
    But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
  23. Cross References
    Zechariah 1:17
    Cry out again, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.'
    Habakkuk 2:20
    But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
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