Zechariah 7

Hearts like Flint

In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the  Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is a Chislev. Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and
Lit his
their men to
Lit soften the face of
d seek the favor of the  Lord,
speaking to the e priests who belong to the house of the  Lord of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, “Shall I weep in the f fifth month
Lit abstaining; or dedicating myself
and abstain, as I have done these many years?”
Then the word of the  Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months
Lit and these
these i seventy years, was it actually for j Me that you fasted?
When you eat and drink,
Lit is it not you who eat and you who drink
do you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves?
‘Are not these the words which the  Lord l proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and
Or at ease
n prosperous along with its cities around it, and the
I.e. South country
p Negev and the
Heb Shephelah
foothills were inhabited?’”

Then the word of the  Lord came to Zechariah saying, Thus has the  Lord of hosts said, ‘ r Dispense true justice and practice s kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10 and t do not oppress the widow or the
Or fatherless
orphan, the
Or resident alien
stranger or the poor; and do w not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’
11 “But they x refused to pay attention and
Lit gave
z turned a stubborn shoulder and
Lit made heavy
ab stopped their ears from hearing.
12 They made their ac hearts like
Lit corundum
ae flint
Lit from hearing
so that they could not hear the law and the ag words which the  Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the ah former prophets; therefore great ai wrath came from the  Lord of hosts.
13 And just as aj He called and they would not listen, so ak they called and I would not listen,” says the  Lord of hosts; 14 “but I
Lit stormed them away upon all
am scattered them with a an storm wind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land is ao desolated behind them
Lit from passing and from returning
so that aq no one went back and forth, for they ar made the pleasant land desolate.”
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