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The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech,[a] along with their attendants, to seek the Lord’s favor. They were to ask this question of the prophets and the priests at the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: “Should we continue to mourn and fast each summer on the anniversary of the Temple’s destruction,[b] as we have done for so many years?”

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  1. 7:2 Or Bethel-sharezer had sent Regemmelech.
  2. 7:3 Hebrew mourn and fast in the fifth month. The Temple had been destroyed in the fifth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar (August 586 B.c.); see 2 Kgs 25:8.

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