Zechariah 1:6
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New International Version
But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors? "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.'"

New Living Translation
But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, 'We have received what we deserved from the LORD of Heaven's Armies. He has done what he said he would do.'"

English Standard Version
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, ‘As the LORD of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.’”

New American Standard Bible
"But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, 'As the LORD of hosts purposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.'"'"

King James Bible
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But didn't My words and My statutes that I commanded My servants the prophets overtake your ancestors? They repented and said: As the LORD of Hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so He has dealt with us."

International Standard Version
But my words and my statutes that I gave as commands to my servants the prophets—did they not overwhelm your ancestors? And they returned to me: 'The LORD of the Heavenly Armies acted toward us just as he planned to do—in keeping with our lifestyles and in keeping with our actions.'"

NET Bible
But have my words and statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, not outlived your fathers? Then they paid attention and confessed, 'The LORD who rules over all has indeed done what he said he would do to us, because of our sinful ways.'"

New Heart English Bible
But my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did not they overtake your fathers? "Then they repented and said, 'Just as the LORD of hosts determined to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so he has dealt with us.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Didn't my warnings and my laws, which I've commanded my servants the prophets [to preach], finally catch up with your ancestors? Then your ancestors turned away from their sins and said, 'The LORD of Armies has done to us what he had planned to do. He has dealt with us as our ways and deeds deserve.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
But My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? so that they turned and said: Like as the LORD of hosts purposed to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath He dealt with us.'

New American Standard 1977
“But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, ‘As the LORD of hosts purposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.’”’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my slaves the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? Therefore they returned from captivity and said, Like as the LORD of the hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways and according to our doings, so has he dealt with us.

King James 2000 Bible
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our deeds, so has he dealt with us.

American King James Version
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so has he dealt with us.

American Standard Version
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? and they turned and said, Like as Jehovah of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet my words, and my ordinances, which I gave in charge to my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers, and they returned, and said: As the Lord of hosts thought to do to us according to our ways, and according to our devices, so he hath done to us.

Darby Bible Translation
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? And they turned and said, Like as Jehovah of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

English Revised Version
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? and they turned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

Webster's Bible Translation
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, As the LORD of hosts thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

World English Bible
But my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, didn't they overtake your fathers? "Then they repented and said, 'Just as Yahweh of Armies determined to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so he has dealt with us.'"

Young's Literal Translation
Only, My words, and My statutes, That I commanded My servants the prophets, Have they not overtaken your fathers, And they turn back and say: As Jehovah of Hosts designed to do to us, According to our ways, and according to our doings, So He hath done to us?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-6 God's almighty power and sovereign dominion, should engage and encourage sinners to repent and turn to Him. It is very desirable to have the Lord of hosts for our friend, and very dreadful to have him for our enemy. Review what is past, and observe the message God sent by his servants, the prophets, to your fathers. Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings. Be persuaded to leave your sins, as the only way to prevent approaching ruin. What is become of our fathers, and of the prophets that preached to them? They are all dead and gone. Here they were, in the towns and countries where we live, passing and repassing in the same streets, dwelling in the same houses, trading in the same shops and exchanges, worshipping God in the same places. But where are they? When they died, there was not an end of them; they are in eternity, in the world of spirits, the unchangeable world to which we hasten apace. Where are they? Those of them who lived and died in sin, are in torment. Those who lived and died in Christ, are in heaven; and if we live and die as they did, we shall be with them shortly and eternally. If they minded not their own souls, is that a reason why their posterity should ruin theirs also? The prophets are gone. Christ is a Prophet that lives for ever, but all other prophets have a period put to their office. Oh that this consideration had its due weight; that dying ministers are dealing with dying people about their never-dying souls, and an awful eternity, upon the brink of which both are standing! In another world, both we and our prophets shall live for ever: to prepare for that world ought to be our great care in this. The preachers died, and the hearers died, but the word of God died not; not one jot or title of it fell to the ground; for he is righteous.
Study Bible
Zechariah's Call to Repentance
5"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6"But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, As the LORD of hosts purposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.'"'" 7On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, as follows:…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:2
"All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:

Isaiah 21:17
and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken."

Isaiah 44:26
Confirming the word of His servant And performing the purpose of His messengers. It is I who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited!' And of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built.' And I will raise up her ruins again.

Jeremiah 5:14
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, "Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.

Jeremiah 12:16
"Then if they will really learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, 'As the LORD lives,' even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, they will be built up in the midst of My people.

Jeremiah 12:17
"But if they will not listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:20
"The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it.

Jeremiah 32:24
Behold, the siege ramps have reached the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken has come to pass; and behold, You see it.

Jeremiah 36:28
"Take again another scroll and write on it all the former words that were on the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah burned.

Jeremiah 39:16
"Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Behold, I am about to bring My words on this city for disaster and not for prosperity; and they will take place before you on that day.
Treasury of Scripture

But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so has he dealt with us.

my words.

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

did.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

Numbers 32:23 But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: …

2 Chronicles 36:17-21 Therefore he brought on them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their …

Isaiah 44:26 That confirms the word of his servant, and performes the counsel …

Jeremiah 26:15 But know you for certain, that if you put me to death, you shall …

Jeremiah 44:28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the …

Ezekiel 12:25-28 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak …

Daniel 9:11,12 Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, even by departing, that …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

take hold of. or, overtake.

Deuteronomy 28:15,45 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of …

Jeremiah 12:16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways …

Amos 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The …

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake …

they returned.

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my …

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the …

Like.

Lamentations 1:18 The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: …

Lamentations 2:17 The LORD has done that which he had devised; he has fulfilled his …

Lamentations 4:11,12 The LORD has accomplished his fury; he has poured out his fierce …

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

thought.

Numbers 33:56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do to you, as I thought …

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and …

according to our ways.

Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD shall send on you cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all …

Isaiah 3:8-11 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue …

Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of …

Jeremiah 18:8-11 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, …

Ezekiel 20:43 And there shall you remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein …

Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the …

Hosea 2:6-11 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make …

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