On December 7 of the fourth year of King Darius's reign, another message came to Zechariah from the LORD.
References for Zechariah 7:1
The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech, along with their men, to seek the LORD's favor.
References for Zechariah 7:2
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, as we have done for so many years?"
References for Zechariah 7:3
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, was it really for me that you were fasting?
References for Zechariah 7:5
And even now in your holy festivals, you don't think about me but only of pleasing yourselves.