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And the people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, and their[a] men, to entreat the favor[b] of Yahweh, saying to the priests of the house of Yahweh of hosts[c] and to the prophets, “Should I mourn in the fifth month and keep myself separate[d] as I have done for these many years?” And the word of Yahweh of hosts came to me, saying,

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 7:2 Hebrew “his”
  2. Zechariah 7:2 Literally “the face”
  3. Zechariah 7:3 Literally “priests who are for the house of Yahweh of hosts”
  4. Zechariah 7:3 Or “abstain”; some interpret this as a reference to fasting

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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