Hearts like Flint1 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. 2 Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and ▼
▼ Lit histheir men to ▼
▼ Lit soften the face of, d seek the favor of the Lord, 3 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 myselfand abstain, as I have done these many years?” 4 Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 5 “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 thesethese i seventy years, was it actually for j Me that you fasted? 6 ‘When you eat and drink, ▼
▼ Lit is it not you who eat and you who drinkdo 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 Shephelahfoothills were inhabited?’” 8 Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah saying, 9 “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 fatherlessorphan, the ▼
▼ Or resident alienstranger 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 hearingso 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 returningso that aq no one went back and forth, for they ar made the pleasant land desolate.”
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