2 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 1 in order to determine its width and its length.” 3 At this point the angelic messenger 2 who spoke to me went out, and another messenger came to meet him 4 and said to him, “Hurry, speak to this young man 3 as follows: ‘Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls 4 because of the multitude of people and animals there. 5 But I (the Lord says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem 5 and the source of glory in her midst.’”
6 “You there! 6 Flee from the northland!” says the Lord, “for like the four winds of heaven 7 I have scattered you,” says the Lord. 7 “Escape, Zion, you who live among the Babylonians!” 8 8 For the Lord who rules over all says to me that for his own glory 9 he has sent me to the nations that plundered you – for anyone who touches you touches the pupil 10 of his 11 eye. 9 “I am about to punish them 12 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! 13 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, 14 and they will also be my 15 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 16 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, 17 for he is being moved to action in his holy dwelling place. 18
3 Next I saw Joshua the high priest 1 standing before the angel of the Lord, with Satan 2 standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord 3 said to Satan, “May the Lord rebuke you, Satan! May the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, 4 rebuke you! Isn’t this man like a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes 5 as he stood there before the angel. 4 The angel 6 spoke up to those standing all around, “Remove his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have freely forgiven your iniquity and will dress you 7 in fine clothing.” 5 Then I spoke up, “Let a clean turban be put on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood nearby. 6 Then the angel of the Lord exhorted Joshua solemnly: 7 “The Lord who rules over all says, ‘If you live 8 and work according to my requirements, you will be able to preside over my temple 9 and attend to my courtyards, and I will allow you to come and go among these others who are standing by you. 8 Listen now, Joshua the high priest, both you and your colleagues who are sitting before you, all of you 10 are a symbol that I am about to introduce my servant, the Branch. 11 9 As for the stone 12 I have set before Joshua – on the one stone there are seven eyes. 13 I am about to engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord who rules over all, ‘to the effect that I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. 14 10 In that day,’ says the Lord who rules over all, ‘everyone will invite his friend to fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree.’” 15