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Zechariah 7 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 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 Now [the people of] Bethel had sent Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to plead for the Lord's favor 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 by asking the priests who were at the house of the Lord of Hosts as well as the prophets, "Should we mourn and fast in the fifth month as we have done these many 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 Hosts came to me: 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 "Ask all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh [months] for these 70 years, did you really 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 eat and drink, don't you eat and drink [simply] for yourselves? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Aren't [these] the words that the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem was inhabited and secure, along with its surrounding cities, and when the southern region and the Judean 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 word of the Lord came to Zechariah: 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "The Lord of Hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. 9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another. 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 and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear. 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.
12 They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the Lord of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of Hosts. 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 Just as He had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen," says the Lord of Hosts. 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 "I scattered them with a windstorm over all the nations that had not known them, and the land was left desolate behind them, with no one coming or going. They turned a pleasant land into a desolation." 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.' "