for while I was angry but a lit-tle they furthered the disas-ter.
Therefore, thus says theLORD, I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion;my house shall be built in it,says the LORD of hosts, andthe measuring line shall bestretched out over Jerusalem.
Cry again, Thus says theLORD of hosts: My cities shallagain overflow with prosperi-ty, and the LORD will againcomfort Zion and againchoose Jerusalem.'"
And I lifted my eyes andsaw, and behold, four horns!
And I said to the angelwho talked with me, "Whatare these?" And he answeredme, "These are the hornswhich have scattered Judah,Israel, and Jerusalem."
Then the LORD showedme four smiths.
And I said, "What arethese coming to do?" He an-swered, "These are the hornswhich scattered Judah, so thatno man raised his head; andthese have come to terrifythem, to cast down the hornsof the nations who lifted uptheir horns against the landof Judah to scatter it."CHAPTER 2
And I lifted my eyes andsaw, and behold, a man witha measuring line in his hand!
Then I said, "Where are yougoing?" And he said to me,"To measure Jerusalem, to seewhat is its breadth and whatis its length."
And behold, the angel whotalked with me came forward,and another angel came for-ward to meet him,
and said to him, "Run, sayto that young man,`Jerusalem shall be inhabitedas villages without walls, be-cause of the multitude of menand cattle in it.
For I will be to her a wall of fire round about, says theLORD, and I will be the glorywithin her.'"
Ho! ho! Flee from the landof the north, says the LORD;for I have spread you abroadas the four winds of the heav-ens, says the LORD.
Ho! Escape to Zion, youwho dwell with the daughterof Babylon.
For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent meto the nations who plunderedyou, for he who touches youtouches the apple of his eye:
"Behold, I will shake myhand over them, and theyshall become plunder forthose who served them. Thenyou will know that the LORDof hosts has sent me.
Sing and rejoice, Odaughter of Zion; for lo, Icome and I will dwell in themidst of you, says the LORD.
And many nations shall join themselves to the LORDin that day, and shall be mypeople; and I will dwell in themidst of you, and you shallknow that the LORD of hostshas sent me to you.
And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the