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Zechariah 7:4-7 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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?' "