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Zechariah 7 HNV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It happened in the fourth year of king Daryavesh that the word of the LORD came to Zekharyah in the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of 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 Beit-El sent Sar'etzer and Regem-Melekh, and their men, to entreat the LORD's favor, 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 and to speak to the Kohanim of the house of the LORD of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, "Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these 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 word of the LORD of Hosts came to me, saying, 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 "Speak to all the people of the land, and to the Kohanim, saying, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh month for these seventy years, did you at all fast to me, really to 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 when you drink, don't you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Aren't these the words which the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Yerushalayim was inhabited and in prosperity, and its cities around her, and the South and the lowland 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 Zekharyah, saying, 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "Thus has the LORD of Hosts spoken, saying, 'Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man 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 the widow, nor the fatherless, the sojourner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.' 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 listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 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 flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which the LORD of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath 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 It has come to pass that, as he called, and they refused to listen, so they will call, and I will not listen," said 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 "but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they made the pleasant land desolate." 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.' "