Zechariah 7

CLV(i) 1 And it is coming in the fourth year of Darius the king that the word of Yahweh comes to Zechariah in the fourth of the ninth month, in Chisleu." 2 And Bethel is sending Sharezer and Regem-melech and his men to beseech the face of Yahweh, 3 to say to the priests who are in the house of Yahweh of hosts, and to the prophets, saying:Shall I lament in the fifth month, to be sequestered, just as I do this how many years? 4 Then the word of Yahweh of hosts is coming to me, saying:" 5 Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and wailed in the fifth and in the seventh months, even this seventy years--did you really fast to Me? 6 And when you are eating, and when you are drinking, are you not the eaters, and you the drinkers? 7 Are they not the words which Yahweh calls by the hand of the former prophets, when Jerusalem came to be indwelt and at ease, and her cities round about her, and the south rim, and the lowland were indwelt? 8 Then the word of Yahweh is coming to Zechariah, saying, 9 Thus speaks Yahweh of hosts, saying:Judge with true judgment, and with kindness and compassion deal each man with his brother, 10 and you must not extort from a widow or orphan or the sojourner or the humble. And you must not devise evil, each man to his brother, in your heart." 11 Yet they are refusing to attend, and they are giving a stubborn shoulder, and their ears they make heavy against hearing, 12 and their hearts they make corundum against hearing the law and the words which Yahweh of hosts sent by His spirit, by the hand of the former prophets. And great wrath is coming from Yahweh of hosts." 13 And it is coming, just as he calls and they did not hear, so are they calling, and I am not hearing, says Yahweh of hosts." 14 And I am tossing them with a tempest over all the nations who do not know them. And the land is desolate after them, free from anyone passing or returning, for they have made the coveted land a desolation."