Zechariah 7

Hearts like Flint

1In 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. 2Now 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,
3speaking 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?”
4Then the word of the  Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 5Say 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?
6When 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?
7‘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?’”

8Then the word of the  Lord came to Zechariah saying, 9Thus has the  Lord of hosts said, ‘ r  Dispense true justice and practice s  kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10and 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.
12They 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.
13And 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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