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FRAMEWORKS: Zechariah 2: A man with a measuring line


[Preliminary Comment: The vision continues with encouragement for the returned exiles now back in Jerusalem. God's blessing will be so on the city that it will flourish and so expand that walls will not be able to contain it [v.4] and God will be its protection [v.5]. Indeed any exiles still in Babylonia should leave and return home [v.6,7] before the Lord brings His corrective judgment on that land [v.8,9]. The chapter concludes with a glorious word that

•  God will dwell in Jerusalem [v.10]

•  many peoples will come and become His people [v.11]

•  Jerusalem and the land will again be seen to be His [v.12]

•  and all the earth will see [v.13]

For further note on the interpretation, see end of chapter]



v.1,2 The focus is on Jerusalem


v.1  Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand.

v.2  I asked, ‘Where are you going?'

He answered me, ‘To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.'


v.3-5 Jerusalem will flourish with the Lord's protection around it


v.3  While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him

v.4  and said to him: ‘Run, tell that young man, “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it.

v.5  And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the Lord, “and I will be its glory within.”


v.6,7 A call to the exiles in Babylon, leave there!


v.6  ‘Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' declares the Lord, ‘for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,' declares the Lord.

v.7  ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!'


v.8,9 Get out because Babylon will be plundered


v.8  For this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you – for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye –

v.9  I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.


v.10-13 The Lord is coming to Jerusalem to do a great thing


v.10  ‘Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,' declares the Lord.

v.11  ‘Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.

v.12  The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.

v.13  Be still before the Lord , all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.'


[Notes: The sense of these last four verses seems to indicate something more than simply God's blessing on these returned exiles. Verse 10 could refer to the coming Messiah and verse 11 suggests Jews AND Gentiles, surely the conclusion of the work of Christ on the Cross. This land and this city is where all this will be seen to be happening. The fact that this did not occur for some four hundred years should not put us off because that four hundred years was a period of silence from heaven only broken when an angel comes to the temple – Lk 1:11- and starts the preparations for the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God from heaven – see Jn 6:38,51 etc.]



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