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Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech and their companions to seek the Lord’s favor by asking both the priests of the temple[a] of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and the prophets, “Should we weep in the fifth month,[b] fasting as we have done over the years?” The message of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies then came to me,

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  1. Zechariah 7:3 tn Heb “house” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).
  2. Zechariah 7:3 sn This lamentation marked the occasion of the destruction of Solomon’s temple on August 14, 586 b.c., almost exactly 70 years earlier (cf. 2 Kgs 25:8).

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