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Zachariah 7

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1 In the fourth year of King Darius was the word of the Lord to Zacharias, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Haslev,
2 when Bethel sent Sarezer and Rehem-Melech and his companions to pray before the Lord
3 and ask the priests who are in the house of the Lord of hosts and the prophets, saying: 'Do I cry in the fifth month and fast, as I have been doing for many years?'
4 And the word of the Lord of hosts came unto me:
5 say to all the people of this land and to the priests this way: when you fasted and cried in the fifth and seventh month, moreover, for seventy years, have you fasted for me? for me?
6 And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourself, do you drink for yourself?
7 Is it not the same words the Lord proclaimed through the former prophets, when Jerusalem was still inhabited and quiet, and the cities around it, the southern country and the lowlands, were inhabited?

eight And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah:
nine thus said the Lord of hosts: execute a just judgment, and show mercy and compassion to each of your brother;
ten do not oppress the widow and orphan, the stranger and the poor, and do not think evil against each other in your heart.
eleven But they did not want to heed, turned away from Me, and burdened their ears so as not to hear.
12 And their heart was petrified, so as not to hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; for this reason they comprehended their great wrath of the Lord of hosts.
13 And it was: as He cried out, and they did not listen, so they cried out, but I did not listen, says the Lord of hosts.
fourteen And I scattered them among all the nations that they did not know, and this land was empty after them, so that no one went up and down, and they made the longed country a desert.

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