Then the word of the LORDcame to Zechariahsaying,
9"Thus has the LORD of hostssaid, '1Dispensetruejustice and practice2kindness and compassioneach to his brother;
and 3do not oppress the widow or the aorphan, the bstranger or the poor; and do 4not deviseevil in your hearts against oneanother.'
"But they 5refused to payattention and c6turned a stubbornshoulder and d7stopped their ears from hearing.
"They made their 8hearts like e9flintfso that they could not hear the law and the 10wordswhich the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spiritthrough the 11formerprophets; therefore great12wrathcame from the LORD of hosts.
"And just as 13He called and they would not listen, so14they called and I would not listen," says the LORD of hosts;
"but I g15scattered them with a 16stormwindamongall the nationswhom they have not known. Thus the land is 17desolatedbehind them hso that 18no one wentback and forth, for they 19made the pleasantlanddesolate."