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A Rebuke about Selfish Fasts

During the fourth year of the reign of[a] King Darius, a message from the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month Kislev.[b] The people of[c] Bethel were sending[d] Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to pray in the Lord’s presence and to speak to the priests assigned[e] 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,[f] as I have these many years?”

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 7:1 The Heb. lacks the reign of
  2. Zechariah 7:1 I.e. c. 7 December 518 BC
  3. Zechariah 7:2 The Heb. lacks The people of
  4. Zechariah 7:2 Lit. was sending
  5. Zechariah 7:3 The Heb. lacks assigned
  6. Zechariah 7:3 I.e. the anniversary month of the Jerusalem temple’s destruction
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