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Zechariah 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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A Call for Justice and Mercy

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:1 - 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 Chislev.

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:2 - Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the LORD,

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:3 - saying to the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:4 - Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me:

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:5 - “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:6 - And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves?

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:7 - Were not these the words that the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous, with her cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?”

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:8 - And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:9 - “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:10 - do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:11 - But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:12 - They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts.

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:13 - “As I[fn] called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear,” says the LORD of hosts,

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:14 - “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.”
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew and made their ears too heavy to hear
Hebrew he
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