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Zechariah 7 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 On December 7 of the fourth year of King Darius's reign, another message came to Zechariah from the LORD. 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, along with their men, to seek the LORD's favor. 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD
3 They were to ask this question of the prophets and of the priests at the Temple of the LORD Almighty: "Should we continue to mourn and fast each summer on the anniversary of the Temple's destruction, 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 The LORD Almighty sent me this message: 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me:
5 "Say to all your people and your priests, 'During those seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and at the festival in early autumn, was it really for me that you were fasting? 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 even now in your holy festivals, you don't think about me but only of pleasing yourselves. 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
7 Isn't this the same message the LORD proclaimed through the prophets years ago when Jerusalem and the towns of Judah were bustling with people, and the Negev and the foothills of Judah were populated areas?'" 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 came to Zechariah from the LORD: 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah:
9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: Judge fairly and honestly, and show mercy and kindness 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, and poor people. And do not make evil plans to harm 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 "Your ancestors would not listen to this message. They turned stubbornly away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing. 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 stone, so they could not hear the law or the messages that the LORD Almighty had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the LORD Almighty was so angry with them." 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 "Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called to me, says the LORD Almighty. 13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty.
14 I scattered them as with a whirlwind among the distant nations, where they lived as strangers. Their land became so desolate that no one even traveled through it. The land that had been so pleasant became 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.' "