Zechariah 7

1And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of Jehovah came to Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chislev. 2Now those of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favor of Jehovah, 3and to speak to the priests of the house of Jehovah of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years? 4Then the word of Jehovah of hosts came to me, saying, 5Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh month, even these seventy years, did ye at all fast to me, even to me? 6And when ye eat, and when ye drink, do ye not eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 7Should ye not hear the words which Jehovah cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited? 8And the word of Jehovah came to Zechariah, saying, 9Thus Jehovah of hosts has spoken, saying, Execute true justice, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. 10And do not oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the sojourner, nor the poor man. And let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart. 11But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 12Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which Jehovah of hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from Jehovah of hosts. 13And it has come to pass that, as he cried, and they would not hear, so they shall cry, and I will not hear, said Jehovah of hosts. 14But 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 laid the pleasant land desolate.
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