2 And I proceeded to raise my eyes and see; and, look! there was a man,* and in his hand a measuring rope.+ 2 So I said: “Where are you going?” In turn he said to me: “To measure Jerusalem, in order to see what her breadth amounts to and what her length amounts to.”+ 3 And, look! the angel who was speaking with me was going forth, and there was another angel going forth to meet him. 4 Then he said to him: “Run, speak to the young man over there, saying, ‘“As open rural country Jerusalem will be inhabited,+ because of the multitude of men and domestic animals in the midst of her.+ 5 And I myself shall become to her,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “a wall of fire all around,+ and a glory is what I shall become* in the midst of her.”’”+ 6 “Hey there! Hey there! Flee, then, YOU people, from the land of the north,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah. “For in the direction of the four winds* of the heavens I have spread YOU people abroad,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah. 7 “Hey there, Zion!+ Make your escape, you who are dwelling with the daughter of Babylon.*+ 8 For this is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘Following after [the] glory+ he has sent me to the nations that were despoiling YOU people;+ for he that is touching YOU+ is touching my eyeball.*+ 9 For here I am waving my hand against them,+ and they will have to become spoil to their slaves.’+ And YOU people will certainly know that Jehovah of armies himself has sent me.+ 10 “Cry out loudly and rejoice, O daughter of Zion;+ for here I am coming,+ and I will reside in the midst of you,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah. 11 “And many nations will certainly become joined to Jehovah in that day,+ and they will actually become my people;+ and I will reside in the midst of you.”* And you will have to know that Jehovah of armies himself has sent me to you.+ 12 And Jehovah will certainly take possession of Judah as his portion upon the holy ground,+ and he must yet choose Jerusalem.+ 13 Keep silence, all flesh, before Jehovah,+ for he has aroused himself+ from his holy dwelling.+
^ “A man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ “Babylon,” LXXVg; MTSy, “Babel.”
^ “My eyeball” was the original reading. The Sopherim changed the text to read “his eyeball.” See App 2B.
^ “You,” fem. sing., addressed to the “daughter of Zion.”