The word of the Lord came to Zechariah:
"The Lord of Hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another.
References for Zechariah 7:9
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.
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But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear.
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They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the Lord of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of Hosts.
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Just as He had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen," says the Lord of Hosts.
"I scattered them with a windstorm over all the nations that had not known them, and the land was left desolate behind them, with no one coming or going. They turned a pleasant land into a desolation."