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Zechariah 7 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Obedience Better than Fasting
Disobedience the Cause of Captivity
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:1 - Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:2 - when the people[fn] sent Sherezer,[fn] with Regem-Melech and his men, to the house of God,[fn] to pray before the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:3 - and to ask the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so 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 during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me?
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:6 - ‘When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:7 - Should you not have obeyed the words which the LORD proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and the South[fn] and the Lowland were inhabited?’ ”
Disobedience Resulted in Captivity
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:8 - Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:9 - “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

‘Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:10 - Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless,
The alien or the poor.
Let none of you plan evil in his heart
Against his brother.’
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:11 - “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:12 - “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:13 - “Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 7:14 - “But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
NKJV Footnotes
Literally they (compare verse 5)
Or Sar-Ezer
Hebrew Bethel
Hebrew Negev

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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