Zechariah 7:7
New International Version
Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?'"

New Living Translation
Isn't this the same message the LORD proclaimed through the prophets in years past when Jerusalem and the towns of Judah were bustling with people, and the Negev and the foothills of Judah were well populated?'"

English Standard Version
Were not these the words that the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous, with her cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?’”

Berean Study Bible
Are these not the words that the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were populous and prosperous, and the Negev and the Lowland were inhabited?’”

New American Standard Bible
Are not these the words which the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous along with its cities around it, and the Negev and the foothills were inhabited?'"

King James Bible
Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

Christian Standard Bible
Aren'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?"

Contemporary English Version
My message today is the same one I commanded the earlier prophets to speak to Jerusalem and its villages when they were prosperous, and when all of Judah, including the Southern Desert and the hill country, was filled with people.

Good News Translation
This is what the LORD said through the earlier prophets at the time when Jerusalem was prosperous and filled with people and when there were many people living not only in the towns around the city but also in the southern region and in the western foothills.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Aren'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?"

International Standard Version
Isn't this what the LORD proclaimed through the former prophets, when a prosperous Jerusalem was inhabited, as were its surrounding cities, the Negev, and the Shephelah?'"

NET Bible
Should you not have obeyed the words that the LORD cried out through the former prophets when Jerusalem was peacefully inhabited and her surrounding cities, the Negev, and the Shephelah were also populated?

New Heart English Bible
Aren't these the words which the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and its cities around her, and the Negev and the lowland were inhabited?'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Aren't these the same words that the LORD announced through the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding cities were inhabited and undisturbed and the Negev and the foothills were still inhabited?'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Should ye not hearken to the words which the LORD hath proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, and the South and the Lowland were inhabited?'

New American Standard 1977
‘Are not these the words which the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous with its cities around it, and the Negev and the foothills were inhabited?’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Are these not the words which the LORD has published by the former prophets when Jerusalem was inhabited and quiet and the cities thereof round about her and when the south and the plain were inhabited?

King James 2000 Bible
Should you not hear the words which the LORD has cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and her cities round about her, when men inhabited the south and the lowland?

American King James Version
Should you not hear the words which the LORD has cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

American Standard Version
Should ye not hear the words which Jehovah cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Are not these the words which the Lord spoke by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and her cities round about her, and the hill country and the low country was inhabited?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Are not these the words which the Lord spoke by the hand of the former prophets, when Jerusalem as yet was inhabited, and was wealthy, both itself and the cities round about it, and there were inhabitants towards the south, and in the plain?

Darby Bible Translation
Are not these the words that Jehovah cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and at peace, and her cities round about her, when the south and the lowland were inhabited?

English Revised Version
Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?

Webster's Bible Translation
Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and her cities around her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

World English Bible
Aren't these the words which Yahweh proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and its cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?'"

Young's Literal Translation
Are not these the words that Jehovah proclaimed by the hand of the former prophets, in Jerusalem's being inhabited, and in safety, and its cities round about it, and the south and the plain -- abiding?'
Study Bible
A Call to Justice and Mercy
6And when you were eating and drinking, were you not doing so simply for yourselves? 7Are these not the words that the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were populous and prosperous, and the Negev and the Lowland were inhabited?’” 8Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,…
Cross References
Isaiah 1:16
Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil!

Jeremiah 7:5
For if you really change your ways and deeds, if you act justly toward one another,

Jeremiah 7:23
but this is what I commanded them: Obey Me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in all the ways I have commanded you, so that it may go well with you.

Jeremiah 13:19
The cities of the Negev have been shut tight, and no one can open them. All of Judah has been carried into exile, wholly taken captive.

Jeremiah 17:26
And people will come from the cities of Judah and the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, and from the foothills, the hill country, and the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.

Jeremiah 22:21
I warned you when you were secure. You said, 'I will not listen.' This has been your way from youth, that you have not you obeyed My voice.

Jeremiah 32:44
Fields will be purchased with silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed, and witnessed in the land of Benjamin, in the areas surrounding Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah--the cities of the hill country, the foothills, and the Negev--because I will restore them from captivity, declares the LORD."

Jeremiah 44:4
Yet I sent you all My servants the prophets again and again, saying: 'Do not do this detestable thing that I hate.'

Zechariah 1:4
Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.' But they did not listen or pay attention to Me, declares the LORD.

Zechariah 7:6
And when you were eating and drinking, were you not doing so simply for yourselves?

Zechariah 7:8
Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,

Zechariah 7:12
They made their hearts like flint and would not listen to the law and 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.

Treasury of Scripture

Should you not hear the words which the LORD has cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

Should ye not hear the words.

Isaiah 55:3,6,7
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David…

cried.

Zechariah 1:3-6
Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…

Isaiah 1:16-20
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; …

Jeremiah 7:5,23
For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; …

former.

Deuteronomy 34:3
And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

Jeremiah 17:26
And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.

Jeremiah 32:44
Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.







Lexicon
Are these not
הֲל֣וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

the words
הַדְּבָרִ֗ים (had·də·ḇā·rîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

that
אֲשֶׁ֨ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

the LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

proclaimed
קָרָ֤א (qā·rā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

through
בְּיַד֙ (bə·yaḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

the earlier
הָרִֽאשֹׁנִ֔ים (hā·ri·šō·nîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7223: First, in place, time, rank

prophets,
הַנְּבִיאִ֣ים (han·nə·ḇî·’îm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

when Jerusalem
יְרוּשָׁלִַ֙ם֙ (yə·rū·šā·lim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

and its surrounding
סְבִיבֹתֶ֑יהָ (sə·ḇî·ḇō·ṯe·hā)
Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

towns
וְעָרֶ֖יהָ (wə·‘ā·re·hā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

were
בִּהְי֤וֹת (bih·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

populous
יֹשֶׁ֣בֶת (yō·še·ḇeṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

and prosperous,
וּשְׁלֵוָ֔ה (ū·šə·lê·wāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7961: Tranquil, careless, security

and the Negev
וְהַנֶּ֥גֶב (wə·han·ne·ḡeḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5045: South country, the Negeb, south

and the Lowland
וְהַשְּׁפֵלָ֖ה (wə·haš·šə·p̄ê·lāh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8219: Lowland

were inhabited?’”
יֹשֵֽׁב׃ (yō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry
Verse 7. - Should ye not hear the words, etc.? A verb must be supplied. "Do ye not know the words?" or "Should ye not obey the words?" Syriac, Septuagint, and Vulgate, "Are not these the words?" By the former prophets (Zechariah 1:4). It had been a common cry of the prophets from early times that men must not put their trust in the observance of outward ceremonies, but attend to the cultivation of moral obedience and purity (see 1 Samuel 15:22; Proverbs 21:3; Isaiah 1:11, 12, 16, 17; Isaiah 58:3, etc.; Jeremiah 7:22, 23; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8, where see note). When Jerusalem was inhabited. Before its destruction and the deportation of its inhabitants. He recalls the former prosperity to their memory, contrasting it with the present low estate, to remind them of all they had lost in punishment of disobedience. The south (Negeb). The southern part of Judaea was so called (see on Obadiah 1:19; and comp. Numbers 13:17; Joshua 15:21). The plain (Shephelah); the low land, along the coast of the Mediterranean (Joshua 15:33; 1 Macc. 12:38). The above districts comprise two of the three divisions of Judaea (Judges 1:9); the third, the mountain or hill country (Luke 1:39), is intended in the expression, "Jerusalem and the cities round about her." There was still a great dearth of population in the country, and the towns were not half inhabited, nor was the]and half cultivated. 7:1-7 If we truly desire to know the will of God in doubtful matters, we must not only consult his word and ministers, but seek his direction by fervent prayer. Those who would know God's mind should consult God's ministers; and, in doubtful cases, ask advice of those whose special business it is to search the Scriptures. The Jews seemed to question whether they ought to continue their fasts, seeing that the city and temple were likely to be finished. The first answer to their inquiry is a sharp reproof of hypocrisy. These fasts were not acceptable to God, unless observed in a better manner, and to better purpose. There was the form of duty, but no life, or soul, or power in it. Holy exercises are to be done to God, looking to his word as our rule, and his glory as our end, seeking to please him and obtain his favour; but self was the centre of all their actions. And it was not enough to weep on fast days; they should have searched the Scriptures of the prophets, that they might have seen what was the ground of God's controversy with their fathers. Whether people are in prosperity or adversity, they must be called upon to leave their sins, and to do their duty.
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