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The people of[a] Bethel were sending[b] Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to pray in the Lord’s presence and to speak to the priests assigned[c] to the Temple of the Lord of the Heavenly Armies along with the prophets, asking, “Am I to go about mourning, denying myself throughout the fifth month,[d] as I have these many years?”

Then this message from the Lord of the Heavenly Armies came to me:

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 7:2 The Heb. lacks The people of
  2. Zechariah 7:2 Lit. was sending
  3. Zechariah 7:3 The Heb. lacks assigned
  4. Zechariah 7:3 I.e. the anniversary month of the Jerusalem temple’s destruction

The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat(A) the Lord(B) by asking the priests of the house of the Lord Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn(C) and fast in the fifth(D) month, as I have done for so many years?”

Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me:

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