Zechariah 7:4-7 NLT

4 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies sent me this message in reply:
5 “Say to all your people and your priests, ‘During these seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and in early autumn, was it really for me that you were fasting?

References for Zechariah 7:5

    • d 7:5 - Hebrew fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months. The fifth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of July and August. The seventh month usually occurs within the months of September and October; both the Day of Atonement and the Festival of Shelters were celebrated in the seventh month.
      6 And even now in your holy festivals, aren’t you eating and drinking just to please yourselves?
      7 Isn’t this the same message the LORD proclaimed through the prophets in years past when Jerusalem and the towns of Judah were bustling with people, and the Negev and the foothills of Judah were well populated?’”

      References for Zechariah 7:7

        • e 7:7 - Hebrew the Shephelah.

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          • a 7:1 - Hebrew On the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This event occurred on December 7, 518 ; also see note on 1:1 .
          • b 7:2 - Or Bethel-sharezer had sent Regemmelech.
          • c 7:3 - Hebrew mourn and fast in the fifth month. The Temple had been destroyed in the fifth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar (August 586 ); see 2 Kgs 25:8 .
          • d 7:5 - Hebrew fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months. The fifth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of July and August. The seventh month usually occurs within the months of September and October; both the Day of Atonement and the Festival of Shelters were celebrated in the seventh month.
          • e 7:7 - Hebrew the Shephelah.