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Zechariah 7
New Living Translation

A Call to Justice and Mercy

7On December 7 of the fourth year of King Darius’s reign, another message came to Zechariah from the Lord.H702H8141H4428H1867H1697H3068H2148H702H8671H2320H3691 2The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech, along with their attendants, to seek the Lord’s favor.H7971H1004H410H8272H7278H582H2470H6440H3068 3They were to ask this question of the prophets and the priests at the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: “Should we continue to mourn and fast each summer on the anniversary of the Temple’s destruction, as we have done for so many years?”H559H3548H1004H3068H6635H5030H559H1058H2549H2320H5144H6213H8141 4The Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me this message in reply:H1697H3068H6635H559 5“Say to all your people and your priests, ‘During these seventy years of exile, when you fasted and mourned in the summer and in early autumn, was it really for me that you were fasting?H559H5971H776H3548H559H6684H5594H2549H7637H7657H8141H6684H6684 6And even now in your holy festivals, aren’t you eating and drinking just to please yourselves?H398H8354H398H8354 7Isn’t this the same message the Lord proclaimed through the prophets in years past when Jerusalem and the towns of Judah were bustling with people, and the Negev and the foothills of Judah were well populated?’”H1697H3068H7121H3027H7223H5030H3389H3427H7961H5892H5439H3427H5045H8219 8Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord:H1697H3068H2148H559 9“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.H559H3068H6635H559H8199H571H4941H6213H2617H7356H376H251 10Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.H6231H490H3490H1616H6041H2803H7451H376H251H3824 11“Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing.H3985H7181H5414H5637H3802H3513H241H8085 12They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the Lord of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them.H7760H3820H8068H8085H8451H1697H3068H6635H7971H7307H3027H7223H5030H1419H7110H3068H6635 13“Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called to me, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.H7121H8085H7121H8085H559H3068H6635 14As with a whirlwind, I scattered them among the distant nations, where they lived as strangers. Their land became so desolate that no one even traveled through it. They turned their pleasant land into a desert.”H5590H1471H3045H776H8074H310H5674H7725H7760H2532H776H8047


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