And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice;1 show mercy and compassion to one another.210
Do not oppress the widow3 or the fatherless, the alien4 or the poor.5 In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'611
"But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly7 they turned their backs8 and stopped up their ears.912
They made their hearts as hard as flint10 and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets.11 So the LORD Almighty was very angry.1213
" 'When I called, they did not listen;13 so when they called, I would not listen,'14 says the LORD Almighty.1514
'I scattered16 them with a whirlwind17 among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go.18 This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.19' "