NASB — Zechariah 7 — KJV

Hearts like Flint

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] aChislev. 2 Now [the town of] Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and Itheir men to IIaseek the favor of the LORD, 3 speaking to the apriests who belong to the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, “Shall I weep in the bfifth month Iand abstain, as I have done these many years?” 4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 5 “Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months Ithese aseventy years, was it actually for bMe that you fasted? 6 When you eat and drink, Ido you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves? 7 Are not [these] the words which the LORD aproclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and Ibprosperous along with its cities around it, and the IIcNegev and the IIIfoothills were inhabited?’”

[1] aNe 1:1
[2] ILit his IILit soften the face of a1K 13:6; Jr 26:19; Zc 8:21
[3] ILit abstaining; or dedicating myself aEzr 3:10-12 bZc 8:19
[5] ILit and these aZc 1:12 bIs 1:11, 12; 58:5
[6] ILit is it not you who eat and you who drink
[7] IOr at ease III.e. South country IIIHeb Shephelah aIs 1:16-20; Jr 7:5, 23; Zc 1:4 bJr 22:21 cJr 13:19; 32:44

8 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying, 9 “Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘aDispense true justice and practice bkindness and compassion each to his brother; 10 and ado not oppress the widow or the Iorphan, the IIstranger or the poor; and do bnot devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ 11 But they arefused to pay attention and Ibturned a stubborn shoulder and IIcstopped their ears from hearing. 12 They made their ahearts [like] Ibflint IIso that they could not hear the law and the cwords which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the dformer prophets; therefore great ewrath came from the LORD of hosts. 13 And just as aHe called and they would not listen, so bthey called and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts; 14 “but I Iascattered them with a bstorm wind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land is cdesolated behind them IIso that dno one went back and forth, for they emade the pleasant land desolate.”

[9] aEzk 18:8; 45:9; Zc 8:16 b2S 9:7; Jb 6:14; Mi 6:8
[10] IOr fatherless IIOr resident alien aEx 22:22; Ps 72:4; Jr 7:6 bPs 21:11; Mi 2:1; Zc 8:17
[11] ILit gave IILit made heavy aJr 5:3; 8:5; 11:10 bJr 7:26; 17:23 cPs 58:4; Jr 5:21
[12] ILit corundum IILit from hearing a2Ch 36:13; Ezk 2:4; 3:7-9 bJr 17:1; Ezk 3:9 cZc 7:7 dNe 9:30 e2Ch 36:16; Dn 9:11, 12
[13] aJr 11:10, 14; 14:12 bPv 1:24-28; Is 1:15
[14] ILit stormed them away upon all IILit from passing and from returning aDt 4:27; 28:64 bJr 23:19 cJr 44:6 dIs 60:15 eJr 12:10


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The captives enquire of fasting.

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; 2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD, 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?

[1] Ezr 6:14; Ne 1:1; Hg 2:10, 20; Zc 1:1.
[2] Ex 32:11; 1S 13:12; 1K 13:6; Ezr 6:10; 7:15; 8:28; Is 60:7; Jr 26:19; Zc 6:10; 8:21.
[3] Dt 17:9; 33:10; 2K 25:8; Ne 8:9; 9:1; Ec 3:4; Is 22:12; Jr 52:12; Ezk 44:23; Ho 4:6; Jol 2:17; Hg 2:11; Zc 7:5; 8:19; 12:12; Mal 2:7; Mt 9:15; 1Co 7:5; Jm 4:8.

Zechariah reproveth their fasting.

4 ¶ Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, 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? 6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat [for yourselves], and drink [for yourselves]? 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?

[4] Is 10:16.
[5] 2K 25:23; Is 1:11; 58:4, 5; Jr 25:11; 41:1; Zc 1:12; 7:3, 6; 8:19; Mt 5:16; 6:2, 5, 16; 23:5; Ro 14:6, 17; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 5:15; Col 3:23.
[6] Dt 12:7; 14:26; 1S 16:7; 1Ch 29:22; Jr 17:9; Ho 8:13; 9:4; 1Co 10:31; 11:20, 26; Col 3:17.
[7] Dt 34:3; Is 1:16; 55:3, 6; Jr 7:5, 23; 17:26; 32:44; 33:13; 36:2; Ezk 18:30; Dn 9:6; Ho 14:1; Am 5:14; Mi 6:6; Zp 2:1; Zc 1:3.

Sin the cause of their captivity.

8 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, 9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: 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. 11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 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. 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: 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.

[9] Lv 19:15, 35; Dt 10:18; 15:7; 16:18; Ps 82:2; Pv 21:3; Is 58:6; Jr 7:5, 23; 21:12; Ezk 45:9; Ho 10:12; Am 5:24; Mi 6:8; Zc 7:7; 8:16; Mt 23:23; Lk 11:42; Jn 7:51; Jm 2:13.
[10] Ex 22:21; 23:9; Dt 24:14; 27:19; Ps 21:11; 36:4; 72:4; 140:2; Pv 3:29; 6:18; 22:22; 23:10, 11; Is 1:16, 23; Jr 5:28; 11:19; 18:18; 22:15; Ezk 22:7, 12, 29; Am 4:1; 5:11; Mi 2:1; 3:1; Zp 3:1; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:14; Mk 7:21; 1Co 6:10; Jm 1:14; 5:4; 1Jn 3:15.
[11] Ex 10:3; 2K 17:13; 2Ch 33:10; Ne 9:17, 26, 29; Ps 58:4; Pv 1:24; Is 1:19; 6:10; Jr 6:16; 7:24; 8:5; 13:10; 26:5; 35:15; 36:31; 44:16; Ezk 3:7; Dn 9:5; Ho 4:16; Zp 3:2; Zc 1:4; Ac 7:51, 57; He 10:38; 12:25.
[12] 2Ch 36:16; Ne 9:29, 30; Jb 9:4; Ps 50:17; Is 6:10; 48:4; Jr 5:3; 26:19; Ezk 2:4; 3:7; 11:19; 36:26; Dn 9:11; Zc 7:7; Mt 13:15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:12; Jn 3:19, 20; Ac 7:51; 28:27; 1Th 2:15; 2Th 2:10; 1P 1:11; 2P 1:21.
[13] Ps 81:8; Pv 1:24; 21:13; 28:9; Is 1:15; 50:2; Jr 6:16; 11:11; 14:12; Ezk 14:3; 20:3; Mi 3:4; Mt 25:11; Lk 13:25, 34; 19:42; Jm 4:3.
[14] Lv 26:22, 33; Dt 4:27; 28:33, 49, 64; 2Ch 36:21; Ps 58:9; Is 17:13; 21:1; 66:15; Jr 4:11; 5:15; 23:19; 25:32; 30:23; 36:19; 52:30; Dn 8:9; 9:16; Am 1:14; Na 1:3; Hab 3:14; Zp 3:6; Zc 2:6; 9:14.


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