1Then I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line/tape.
2I asked him, “Where are you going?” He replied, “ I am going to measure Jerusalem, to determine how wide it is and how long it is.”
3Then the angel who had been talking to me started to leave, and another angel walked toward him.
4That other angel said to him, “Run and tell that young man that some day there will be very many people and livestock in Jerusalem, with the result that there will be too many to live inside the city walls; many will live outside the walls.
5And Yahweh says that he himself will be like MET a wall of fire around the city, and he will be there with his glory.”
6Yahweh declares to the people who were exiled to Babylonia, “Run! Flee from Babylonia MTY, the country east of Israel, and flee in all directions from the places where I caused you to be scattered!
7You people who previously lived in Jerusalem and who now live in Babylon, flee from there!
8The armies of the nations that attacked you and took away your valuable possessions have attacked those who are very precious to the Commander of the armies of angels IDM. So he says this about me: ‘After I have honored him and sent him to rebuke the nations,
9it is as though I will strike them with my fist, with the result that those who were their slaves will now take back their possessions from those who caused them to become slaves.’ And when that happens, you will know that the Commander of the armies of angels is the one who sent me.”
10Yahweh says, “ You people of Jerusalem APO, shout and be happy, because I will be coming to you and I will live among you!”
11At that time, people of many nations will be united to Yahweh and will become his people. He will live among all of you; and you will know that the Commander of the armies of angels is the one who sent me to you.
12The people of Judah will be a very special part of his sacred country, and Jerusalem will again be the city that he has chosen.
13Everyone, everywhere, should be silent in the presence of Yahweh, because he again will come down from the sacred place where he lives in heaven to do great things for us.