Zechariah Chapter 2 |
1I looked up, and I saw four horns. 2I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are those?” “Those,” he replied, “are the horns that tossed Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 3Then the Lord showed me four smiths. 4“What are they coming to do?” I asked. He replied: “Those are the horns that tossed Judah, so that no man could raise his head; and these men have come to throw them into a panic, to hew down the horns of the nations that raise a horn against the land of Judah, to toss it.”
5I looked up, and I saw a man holding a measuring line.
6“Where are you going?” I asked. “To measure Jerusalem,” he replied, “to see how long and wide it is to be.”
7But the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him.
8The former said to him, “Run to that young man and tell him:
“Jerusalem shall be peopled as a city without walls, so many shall be the men and cattle it contains. 9And I Myself—declares the Lord—will be a wall of fire all around it, and I will be a glory inside it.
10“Away, away! Flee from the land of the north—says the Lord—though I swept you [there] like the four winds of heaven—declares the Lord.”
11Away, escape, O Zion, you who dwell in Fair Babylon! 12For thus said the Lord of Hosts—He who sent me after glory—concerning the nations that have taken you as spoil: “Whoever touches you touches the pupil of his own eye. 13For I will lift My hand against them, and they shall be spoil for those they enslaved.”—Then you shall know that I was sent by the Lord of Hosts.
14Shout for joy, Fair Zion! For lo, I come; and I will dwell in your midst—declares the Lord. 15In that day many nations will attach themselves to the Lord and become His people, and He will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that I was sent to you by the Lord of Hosts.
16The Lord will take Judah to Himself as His portion in the Holy Land, and He will choose Jerusalem once more.
17Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord!
For He is roused from His holy habitation.