Zechariah 7 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the fourth year of Darius the king, the LORD's word came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, Kislev. 1 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev.
2 The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, along with his men, to seek the LORD's favor, 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 saying to the priests who were in the house of the LORD of heavenly forces and to the prophets: "Should I weep in the fifth month and abstain as I have done for a number of years?" 3 by asking the priests of the house of the LORD Almighty and the prophets, "Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?"
4 Then the word of the LORD of heavenly forces came to me: 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 Say to all the land's people and to the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth month and the seventh month for these past seventy years, did you fast for me? 5 "Ask all the people of the land and the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?
6 When you ate and drank, weren't you the ones eating and drinking? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Weren't these the words that the LORD proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem was dwelling quietly along with the surrounding cities, and when the arid southern plain and the western foothills were inhabited? 7 Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?' "
8 The LORD's word came to Zechariah: 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: Make just and faithful decisions; show kindness and compassion to each other! 9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
10 Don't oppress the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the poor; don't plan evil against each other! 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'
11 But they refused to pay attention. They turned a cold shoulder and stopped listening. 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.
12 They steeled their hearts against hearing the Instruction and the words that the LORD of heavenly forces sent by his spirit through the earlier prophets. As a result, the LORD of heavenly forces became enraged. 12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.
13 So just as he called and they didn't listen, when they called, I didn't listen, says the LORD of heavenly forces. 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 I scattered them throughout the nations whom they didn't know. The land was devastated behind them, with no one leaving or returning. They turned a delightful land into a wasteland. 14 'I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.' "