Zechariah 2
New American Bible Revised Edition

Second Vision: The Four Horns and the Four Smiths. 1I raised my eyes and looked and there were four horns.* 2Then I asked the angel who spoke with me, “What are those?” He answered, “Those are the horns that scattered* Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”a

3Then the Lord showed me four workmen.* 4And I said, “What are these coming to do?” And the Lord said, “Those are the horns that scattered Judah, so that none could raise their heads any more;b and these have come to terrify them—to cut down the horns of the nations that raised their horns to scatter the land of Judah.”

Third Vision: The Man with the Measuring Cord. 5I raised my eyes and looked, and there was a man with a measuring cord* in his hand.c 6I asked, “Where are you going?” And he said, “To measure Jerusalem—to see how great its width is and how great its length.”

7Then the angel who spoke with me advanced as another angel came out to meet him 8and he said to the latter, “Run, speak to that official:* Jerusalem will be unwalled, because of the abundance of people and beasts in its midst.d 9I will be an encircling wall of fire* for it—oracle of the Lord—and I will be the glory in its midst.”e

Expansion on the Themes of the First Three Visions. 10Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north*—oracle of the Lord;—For like the four winds of heaven I have dispersed you—oracle of the Lord.f 11Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell in daughter Babylon! 12For thus says the Lord of hosts after the Lord’s glory had sent me, concerning the nations that have plundered you: Whoever strikes you strikes me directly in the eye.g 13Now I wave my hand over them, and they become plunder for their own servants.h Thus you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. 14Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion! Now, I am coming to dwell in your midst—oracle of the Lord. 15Many nations will bind themselves to the Lord on that day.i They will be my people,* and I will dwell in your midst. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 16The Lord will inherit Judahj as his portion of the holy land,* and the Lord will again choose Jerusalem. 17Silence, all people, in the presence of the Lord, who stirs forth from his holy dwelling.k

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