1 I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 Then I asked, “Where are you going?” He said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.”
3 Behold, the angel who talked with me went out, and another angel went out to meet him,
4 and said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying, ‘Jerusalem will be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
5 For I,’ says the LORD, ‘will be to her a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory in the middle of her.
6 Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,’ says the LORD; ‘for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the sky,’ says the LORD.
7 ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.’
8 For the LORD of Armies says: ‘For honour he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.
9 For, behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they will be a plunder to those who served them; and you will know that the LORD of Armies has sent me.
10 Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion; for, behold, I come, and I will dwell within you,’ says the LORD.
11 Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell amongst you, and you shall know that the LORD of Armies has sent me to you.
12 The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy habitation!”
Haggai Malachi Tobit
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