Zechariah 7:8-14 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.' "