Zechariah - Chapter 2


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.

1 And lifting up my eyes, I saw a man with a measuring-line in his hand.

2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.

2 And I said to him, Where are you going? And he said to me, To take the measure of Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.

3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,

3 And the angel who was talking to me went out, and another angel went out, and, meeting him,

4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:

4 Said to him, Go quickly and say to this young man, Jerusalem will be an unwalled town, because of the great number of men and cattle in her.

5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

5 For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire round about her, and I will be the glory inside her.

6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

6 Ho, ho! go in flight from the land of the north, says the Lord: for I have sent you far and wide to the four winds of heaven, says the Lord.

7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

7 Ho! Zion, go in flight from danger, you who are living with the daughter of Babylon.

8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

8 For this is what the Lord of armies has said: In the way of glory he has sent me to the nations which have taken your goods: for anyone touching you is touching what is most dear to him.

9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

9 For at the shaking of my hand over them, their goods will be taken by those who were their servants: and you will see that the Lord of armies has sent me.

10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

10 Give songs of joy, O daughter of Zion: for I come, and I will make my resting-place among you, says the Lord.

11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

11 And a number of nations will be joined to the Lord in that day, and will become my people; and I will be living among you, and you will see that the Lord of armies has sent me to you.

12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

12 And Judah will be the Lord's heritage in the holy land, and Jerusalem will again be his.

13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

13 Let all flesh be quiet and make no sound before the Lord: for he is awake and has come from his holy resting-place.




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