Zechariah 7 (New American Standard)

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Hearts like Flint

1 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is 1Chislev. 2 Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and atheir men to b2seek the favor of the LORD, 3 speaking to the 3priests who belong to the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, "Shall I weep in the 4fifth month cand abstain, as I have done these many years ?" 4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 5 "Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months dthese 5seventy years, was it actually for 6Me that you fasted ? 6 'When you eat and drink, edo you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves? 7 'Are not these the words which the LORD 7proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and f8prosperous along with its cities around it, and the g9Negev and the hfoothills were inhabited ?' " 8 Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying, 9 "Thus has the LORD of hosts said, '10Dispense true justice and practice 11kindness and compassion each to his brother ; 10 and 12do not oppress the widow or the iorphan, the jstranger or the poor ; and do 13not devise evil in your hearts against one another.' 11 "But they 14refused to pay attention and k15turned a stubborn shoulder and l16stopped their ears from hearing. 12 "They made their 17hearts like m18flint nso that they could not hear the law and the 19words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the 20former prophets ; therefore great 21wrath came from the LORD of hosts. 13 "And just as 22He called and they would not listen, so 23they called and I would not listen," says the LORD of hosts ; 14 "but I o24scattered them with a 25storm wind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land is 26desolated behind them pso that 27no one went back and forth, for they 28made the pleasant land desolate."
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