Zechariah 7 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 On the fourth day of the ninth month (the month of Chislev) in Darius' fourth year as king, the LORD spoke his word to Zechariah. 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 from] Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech with their men to ask the LORD for a blessing. 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 They asked the priests from the house of the LORD of Armies as well as the prophets, "Should we mourn and fast in the fifth month as we have done for so 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 LORD of Armies spoke his word to me. He said, 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 "Tell all the people of the land and the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months these past 70 years, did you really do 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 When you ate and drank, didn't you do it to benefit yourselves? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Aren't these the same words that the LORD announced through the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding cities were inhabited and undisturbed and the Negev and the foothills were still 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 the LORD spoke his word to Zechariah. He said, 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "This is what the LORD of Armies says: Administer real justice, and be compassionate and kind 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 widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And don't even think of doing evil to 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 people refused to pay attention. They shrugged their shoulders at me and shut their ears so that they couldn't hear. 11 "But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.
12 They made their hearts as hard as flint so that they couldn't hear the LORD's teachings, the words that the LORD of Armies had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD of Armies 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 "When I called, they wouldn't listen. So now when they call, I won't listen, says the LORD of Armies. 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 I used a windstorm to scatter them among all the nations, nations they hadn't even heard of. They left behind a land so ruined that no one is able to travel through it. They have turned a pleasant 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.' "