Zechariah 1:16

“Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore thus saith the Lord, I am returned to Ierusalem with mercies: my house shall bee built in it, saith the Lord of hostes, and a line shalbe stretched forth vpon Ierusalem.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'Therefore thus says the LORD, "I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it, declares the LORD of hosts, "and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem."'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore thus saith Jehovah: I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies; my house shall be built in it, saith Jehovah of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So this is what the Lord has said: I have come back to Jerusalem with mercies; my house is to be put up in her, says the Lord of armies, and a line is to be stretched out over Jerusalem.
- Basic English Bible

Therefore thus saith Jehovah: I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith Jehovah of hosts, and the line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
- Darby Bible

Therefore thus saith the LORD; I have returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore thus says Yahweh: "I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it," says Yahweh of Armies, "and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem."'
- World English Bible

Therefore, thus said Jehovah: I have turned to Jerusalem with mercies, My house is built in it, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, And a line is stretched over Jerusalem.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Therefore thus saith the LORD: I return to Jerusalem with compassions: My house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Zechariah 1:16


1:16 A line - The builder's measuring line shall be stretched out, to mark out the walls, gates, streets, and houses in Jerusalem.


Discussion for Zechariah 1

  • BSP
    Verse 4: If we had a bad parental example, we aren't doomed to follow their example. We can chose to do right.
  • A disciple
    Bruce; Why the relentless quarreling? Why the twisting of words and accusations? There are many "similes" used to describe the LORD's taking away of sins in His people... the depths of the sea, behind His back, removed as far as the east is from the west, etc... "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." So then the aggressive nit-picker and fault-finder inherits what?
  • Bruce
    disciple: The Lord has removed My Sins as far as The East is from The West. Psalms 103:12. I never heard of Him throwing sins behind Him! What Sins has He Thrown backwards? Some take Pride and sit on The Throne giving directions not Knowing they're on The Wide Road. In that Day Many will Say:Lord,Lord have We done many Wonderful Works? Matthew 7:13-23
  • A disciple
    (7-17); The LORD's city set upon a hill, all Nations have seen: yet who among all their great ones has ever taken to heart what God has done to Israel, so as to consider themselves lest they also fall into His hands! Instead they have wickedly embolden themselves to fill up their world with all that they have imagined to do, and do not repent; and add to wrath by persecuting the already punished.
  • A disciple
    (1-6); A precept that was spoken of the LORD in Moses; (Leviticus 26:39-45); tells how WE in the end of days; when we do indeed confess our sins, and the sins of our ancestors, that we will with that humbled and penitent spirit, accept of the punishment from God, and amend our ways and our doings to walk in truth and do right in His sight. The condition of the world won't change until all is done.
  • Insight777
    Traditionally in Israel, horns are shofars, a call to war when they are lifted up. So the word horn is associated with war. Understand that scattered can mean troops, pilots or other military have left their homeland to fight foreign nations. It does not necessarily mean they have disbanded or fled their country in fear. I think it means they have been attacked and are responding with war.

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