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Zechariah 7:8-14 (Today's New International Version)

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8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 "This is what the LORD Almighty said: 'Administer true justice;1 show mercy and compassion to one another.2 10 Do not oppress the widow3 or the fatherless, the foreigner4 or the poor.5 Do not plot evil against each other.'6 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly7 they turned their backs8 and covered their ears.9 12 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.12 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen;13 so when they called, I would not listen,'14 says the LORD Almighty.15 14 'I scattered16 them with a whirlwind17 among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it.18 This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.19' "
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