Zechariah 7

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(Zec 7:1) And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, {that} the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah in the fourth {day} of the ninth month, {even} in Chisleu;
(Zec 7:2) When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the Lord,
(Zec 7:3) {And} to speak unto the priests which {were} in the house of the Lord of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?
(Zec 7:4) Then came the word of the Lord of hosts unto me, saying,
(Zec 7:5) Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh {month}, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, {even} to me?
(Zec 7:6) And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat {for yourselves}, and drink {for yourselves}?
(Zec 7:7) {Should ye} not {hear} the words which the Lord hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when {men} inhabited the south and the plain?
(Zec 7:8) And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying,
(Zec 7:9) Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
(Zec 7:10) And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
(Zec 7:11) But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
(Zec 7:12) Yea, they made their hearts {as} an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts.
(Zec 7:13) Therefore it is come to pass, {that} as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts:
(Zec 7:14) But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
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