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Zechariah 7 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the fourth year that Darius was emperor, on the fourth day of the ninth month (the month of Kislev), the Lord gave me a message. 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 had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and their men to the Temple of the Lord Almighty to pray for the Lord's blessing 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 and to ask the priests and the prophets this question: "Should we continue to mourn because of the destruction of the Temple, by fasting in the fifth month as we have done for so many years now?" 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 This is the message of the Lord that came to me. 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 He said, "Tell the people of the land and the priests that when they fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during these seventy years, it was not in honor of 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 And when they ate and drank, it was for their own satisfaction." 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 This is what the Lord said through the earlier prophets at the time when Jerusalem was prosperous and filled with people and when there were many people living not only in the towns around the city but also in the southern region and in the western foothills. 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 gave this message to Zechariah: 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "Long ago I gave these commands to my people: "You must see that justice is done, and must show kindness and mercy 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 widows, orphans, foreigners who live among you, or anyone else in need. And do not plan ways of harming 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 my people stubbornly refused to listen. They closed their minds 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.
12 and made their hearts as hard as rock. Because they would not listen to the teaching which I sent through the prophets who lived long ago, I became very angry. 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 Because they did not listen when I spoke, I did not answer when they prayed. 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 Like a storm I swept them away to live in foreign countries. This good land was left a desolate place, with no one living in it." 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.' "