Holman Christian Standard Bible
1In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 2Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to plead for the LORD's favor 3by asking the priests who were at the house of the LORD of Hosts as well as the prophets, "Should we mourn and fast in the fifth month as we have done these many years?" 4Then the word of the LORD of Hosts came to me: " 5Ask all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh months for these 70 years, did you really fast for Me? 6When you eat and drink, don't you eat and drink simply for yourselves? 7Aren't these the words that the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem was inhabited and secure, along with its surrounding cities, and when the southern region and the Judean foothills were inhabited?"
8The word of the LORD came to Zechariah: " 9The LORD of Hosts says this: Make fair decisions. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. 10Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another. 11But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear. 12They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the LORD of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of Hosts. 13Just as He had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen," says the LORD of Hosts. " 14I scattered them with a windstorm over all the nations that had not known them, and the land was left desolate behind them, with no one coming or going. They turned a pleasant land into a desolation."