Justice and Mercy, Not Fasting
7:1 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;
7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and
Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,
7:3 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?
7:4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me,
7:5 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?
7:6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye
eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?
7:7 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?
7:8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true
judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his
7:10 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.
7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the
shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
7:12 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.
7:13 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:
7:14 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.