In the eighthmonth of the secondyear of 1Darius, the word of the LORDcame to 2Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of 3Iddosaying,
"The LORD was very4angry with your fathers.
"Therefore say to them, 'Thussays the LORD of hosts, "5Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
"Do not be 6like your fathers, to whom the 7formerprophetsproclaimed, saying, 'Thussays the LORD of hosts, "8Returnnow from your evilways and from your evildeeds."' But they did 9not listen or giveheed to Me," declares the LORD.
"Your 10fathers, where are they? And the 11prophets, do they liveforever?
"But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, 12overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, '13As the LORD of hostspurposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.' ""'