“Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months [a]these (A)seventy years, was it actually for (B)Me that you fasted? When you eat and drink, [b]do you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves?

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 7:5 Lit and these
  2. Zechariah 7:6 Lit is it not you who eat and you who drink

Sin of the Priests

“‘A son (A)honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a (B)father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My [a]respect?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O (C)priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’ You are presenting (D)defiled [b](E)food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The (F)table of the Lord is to be despised.’ But when you present the (G)blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? [c]Why not offer it to your (H)governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the Lord of hosts.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:6 Lit fear
  2. Malachi 1:7 Lit bread
  3. Malachi 1:8 Lit Offer it, please

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