Then the LORD spoke his word to Zechariah. He said,
"This is what the LORD of Armies says: Administer real justice, and be compassionate and kind to each other.
Don't oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And don't even think of doing evil to each other.
"But people refused to pay attention. They shrugged their shoulders at me and shut their ears so that they couldn't hear.
They made their hearts as hard as flint so that they couldn't hear the LORD's teachings, the words that the LORD of Armies had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD of Armies became very angry.
"When I called, they wouldn't listen. So now when they call, I won't listen, says the LORD of Armies.
I used a windstorm to scatter them among all the nations, nations they hadn't even heard of. They left behind a land so ruined that no one is able to travel through it. They have turned a pleasant land into a wasteland."