21In another vision I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2“Where are you going?” I asked.
“To measure Jerusalem,” he answered, “to see how long and how wide it is.”
3Then I saw the angel who had been speaking to me step forward, and another angel came to meet him. 4The first one said to the other, “Run and tell that young man with the measuring line that there are going to be so many people and so much livestock in Jerusalem that it will be too big to have walls. 5The LORD has promised that he himself will be a wall of fire round the city to protect it and that he will live there in all his glory.”
6-7The LORD said to his people, “I scattered you in all directions. But now, you exiles, escape from Babylonia and return to Jerusalem. 8Anyone who strikes you strikes what is most precious to me.”
So the LORD Almighty2.8 Hebrew has two additional words, the meaning of which is unclear. sent me with this message for the nations that had plundered his people: 9“The LORD himself will fight against you, and you will be plundered by the people who were once your servants.”
When this happens, everyone will know that the LORD Almighty sent me.
10The LORD said, “Sing for joy, people of Jerusalem! I am coming to live among you!”
11At that time many nations will come to the LORD and become his people. He will live among you, and you will know that he has sent me to you. 12Once again Judah will be the special possession of the LORD in his sacred land, and Jerusalem will be the city he loves most of all.
13Be silent, everyone, in the presence of the LORD, for he is coming from his holy dwelling place.
In another vision the LORD showed me the High Priest Joshua standing before the angel of the LORD. And there beside Joshua stood Satan,3.1 Satan: A supernatural being whose name indicates he was regarded as the opponent of human beings. ready to bring an accusation against him. 2
The angel of the LORD3.2 One ancient translation The angel of the LORD; Hebrew The LORD. said to Satan, “May the LORD condemn you, Satan! May the LORD, who loves Jerusalem, condemn you. This man is like a stick snatched from the fire.”
3Joshua was standing there, wearing filthy clothes. 4The angel said to his heavenly attendants, “Take away the filthy clothes this man is wearing.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have taken away your sin and will give you new clothes to wear.”
5He commanded the attendants to put3.5 Some ancient translations He commanded the attendants to put; Hebrew I said, “Let them put. a clean turban on Joshua's head. They did so, and then they put the new clothes on him while the angel of the LORD stood there.
6Then the angel told Joshua that 7the LORD Almighty had said: “If you obey my laws and perform the duties I have assigned to you, then you will continue to be in charge of my Temple and its courts, and I will hear your prayers, just as I hear the prayers of the angels who are in my presence. 8
Listen then, Joshua, you who are the High Priest; and listen, you fellow-priests of his, you that are the sign of a good future: I will reveal my servant, who is called The Branch! 9I am placing in front of Joshua a single stone with seven facets. I will engrave an inscription on it, and in a single day I will take away the sin of this land. 10
When that day comes, each of you will invite his neighbour to come and enjoy peace and security, surrounded by your vineyards and fig trees.”
41The angel who had been speaking to me came again and roused me as if I had been sleeping. 2“What do you see?” he asked.
“A lampstand made of gold,” I answered. “At the top is a bowl for the oil. On the lampstand are seven lamps, each one with places for seven wicks. 3
There are two olive trees beside the lampstand, one on each side of it.” 4Then I asked the angel, “What do these things stand for, sir?”
5“Don't you know?” he asked me.
“No, I don't, sir,” I replied.4.5 Verses 10b–14 are moved here from the end of the chapter in order to retain the natural order of the narrative.
The angel said to me, “The seven lamps are the seven eyes of the LORD, which see all over the earth.”
Then I asked him, “What do the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand mean? 12And what is the meaning of the two olive branches beside the two gold pipes from which the olive oil pours?”
13He asked me, “Don't you know?”
“No, I don't, sir,” I answered.
14Then he said, “These are the two men whom God has chosen and anointed to serve him, the Lord of the whole earth.”
The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the LORD: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. 7Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you. You will rebuild the Temple, and as you put the last stone in place, the people will shout, ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ ”
8Another message came to me from the LORD. 9He said, “Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of the Temple, and he will finish the building. When this happens, my people will know that it is I who sent you to them. 10aThey are disappointed because so little progress is being made. But they will see Zerubbabel continuing to build the Temple, and they will be glad.”