A Plea for Repentance

1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariaha son of Berechiah, son of Iddo:
2 "The Lord was extremely angry with your ancestors.
3 So tell the people: This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Return to Me"-[this is] the declaration of the Lord of Hosts-"and I will return to you, says the Lord of Hosts.
4 Do not be like your ancestors; the earlier prophets proclaimed to them: This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Turn from your evil ways and your evil deeds.b But they did not listen or pay attention to Me"-the Lord's declaration.
5 "Where are your ancestors now? And do the prophets live forever?
6 But didn't My words and My statutes that I commanded My servants the prophets overtake your ancestors? They repented and said: As the Lord of Hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so He has dealt with us."c The Night Visions