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Zechariah 7 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the fourth year of King Daryavesh, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Kislev, a message from ADONAI came to Z'kharyah. 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 He sent Sar'etzer and Regem-Melekh with his men to Beit-El in order to ask ADONAI's favor, 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 as they inquired of the cohanim of the house of ADONAI-Tzva'ot and the prophets, "Should we go into mourning and abstain from pleasure during the fifth month, as we have been doing for all these 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 It was then that this message came to me from ADONAI-Tzva'ot: 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 "Speak to all the people of the land and to the cohanim. Tell them, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months throughout these seventy years, were you really fasting for me? Was it 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 Rather, when you eat and drink, it's just to please yourselves, isn't it? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Isn't this just what ADONAI proclaimed through the earlier prophets, when Yerushalayim was inhabited and prosperous, as were the cities around her; and the Negev and the Sh'felah 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 Then this message from ADONAI came to Z'kharyah: 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "In the past ADONAI-Tzva'ot said, 'Administer true justice. Let everyone show mercy and compassion to his brother. 9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
10 Don't oppress widows, orphans, foreigners or poor people. Don't plot 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 wouldn't listen, they stubbornly turned their shoulder away and stopped up their ears, so that they wouldn't have to hear it. 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.
12 Yes, they made their hearts as hard as a diamond, so that they wouldn't hear the Torah and the messages that ADONAI-Tzva'ot had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. This is why great anger came from ADONAI-Tzva'ot; 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 and it came about that just as they hadn't listened when he called, so ADONAI-Tzva'ot said, 'I won't listen when they call; 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 but with the power of a whirlwind I will disperse them among all the nations which they have not known.' Thus the land was left desolate after them, so that no one came or went. They had turned a pleasant land into a desert." 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.' "