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Zechariah 7 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Hearts like Flint

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 town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and [fn]their men to [fn]seek the favor of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:3 - speaking to the priests who belong to the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, “Shall I weep in the fifth month [fn]and abstain, as I have done these many years?”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:4 - Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:5 - “Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months [fn]these seventy years, was it actually for Me that you fasted?
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:6 - ‘When you eat and drink, [fn]do you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves?
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:7 - ‘Are not these the words which the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and [fn]prosperous along with its cities around it, and the [fn]Negev and the [fn]foothills were inhabited?’”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:8 - Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:9 - “Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother;
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:10 - and do not oppress the widow or the [fn]orphan, the [fn]stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:11 - “But they refused to pay attention and [fn]turned a stubborn shoulder and [fn]stopped their ears from hearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:12 - “They made their hearts like [fn]flint [fn]so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:13 - “And just as He called and they would not listen, so they called and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts;
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:14 - “but I [fn]scattered them with a storm wind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land is desolated behind them [fn]so that no one went back and forth, for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: his
Literally: soften the face of
Literally: abstaining; or dedicating myself
Literally: and these
Literally: is it not you who eat and you who drink
Or, at ease
I.e. South country
Hebrew: Shephelah
Or, fatherless
Or, resident alien
Literally: gave
Literally: made heavy
Literally: corundum
Literally: from hearing
Literally: stormed them away upon all
Literally: from passing and from returning

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