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Zechariah 2:5-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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

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

Footnotes:

  1. 2:5 Measuring cord: a string for measuring, as opposed to a builder’s string, 1:16.
  2. 2:8 That official: probably the man with the measuring cord of v. 5.
  3. 2:9 Encircling wall of fire: divine protection for an unwalled Jerusalem. Urban centers were generally walled, and Jerusalem’s walls were eventually rebuilt in the late fifth century B.C. (Neh 2:17–20).
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