In the eighth month of the second year of Darius,1 the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah2 son of Berekiah,3 the son of Iddo:42
"The LORD was very angry5 with your forefathers.
Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return6 to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,'7 says the LORD Almighty.
Do not be like your forefathers,8 to whom the earlier prophets9 proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Turn from your evil ways10 and your evil practices.' But they would not listen or pay attention to me,11 declares the LORD.125
Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever?
But did not my words13 and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers?14 "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve,15 just as he determined to do.' "16