On December 7 a of the fourth year of King Darius's reign, another message came to Zechariah from the LORD.
The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech, b along with their men, to seek the LORD's favor.
They were to ask this question of the prophets and of the priests at the Temple of the LORD Almighty: "Should we continue to mourn and fast each summer on the anniversary of the Temple's destruction, c as we have done for so many years?"
The LORD Almighty sent me this message:
"Say to all your people and your priests, 'During those seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and at the festival in early autumn, d was it really for me that you were fasting?
And even now in your holy festivals, you don't think about me but only of pleasing yourselves.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)