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Zechariah chapter 7

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In 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.
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Now [the people of] Bethel had sent Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to plead for the LORD's favor
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by 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?"
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Then the word of the LORD of Hosts came to me:
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"Ask 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?
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When you eat and drink, don't you eat and drink [simply] for yourselves?
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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?"
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The word of the LORD came to Zechariah:
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"The LORD of Hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another.
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Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.
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But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear.
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They 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.
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Just as He had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen," says the LORD of Hosts.
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"I 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."

Zechariah chapter 8

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The word of the LORD of Hosts came:
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"The LORD of Hosts says this: I am extremely jealous for Zion; I am jealous for her with great wrath."
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The LORD says this: "I will return to Zion and live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, the mountain of the LORD of Hosts, and the Holy Mountain."
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "Old men and women will again sit along the streets of Jerusalem, each with a staff in hand because of advanced age.
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The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them."
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "Though it may seem incredible to the remnant of this people in those days, should it also seem incredible to Me?"-- the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "I will save My people from the land of the east and the land of the west.
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I will bring them [back] to live in Jerusalem. They will be My people, and I will be their faithful and righteous God."
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "Let your hands be strong, you who now hear these words that the prophets spoke when the foundations were laid for the rebuilding of the temple, the house of the LORD of Hosts.
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For prior to those days neither man nor beast had wages. There was no safety from the enemy for anyone who came or went, for I turned everyone against his neighbor.
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But now, I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days"-- the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.
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"For they will sow in peace: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce, and the skies will yield their dew. I will give the remnant of this people all these things as an inheritance.
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As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Don't be afraid; let your hands be strong."
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For the LORD of Hosts says this: "As I resolved to treat you badly when your fathers provoked Me to anger, and would not relent," says the LORD of Hosts,
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"so I have resolved again in these days to do what is good to Jerusalem and the house of Judah. Don't be afraid.
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These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; render honest and peaceful judgments in your gates.
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Do not plot evil in your hearts against your neighbor, and do not love perjury, for I hate all this"-- the LORD's declaration.
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Then the word of the LORD of Hosts came to me:
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"The LORD of Hosts says this: The fast of the fourth [month], the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth will become times of joy, gladness, and cheerful festivals for the house of Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace."
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "Peoples will yet come, the residents of many cities;
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the residents of one city will go to another, saying: Let's go at once to plead for the LORD's favor and to seek the LORD of Hosts. I am also going.
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Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the LORD of Hosts in Jerusalem and to plead for the LORD's favor."
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The LORD of Hosts says this: "In those days, 10 men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

Zechariah chapter 9

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An Oracle The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus is its resting place-- for the eyes of men are on the LORD-- against all the tribes of Israel
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and also against Hamath, which borders it, as well as Tyre and Sidon, though they are very shrewd.
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Tyre has built herself a fortress; she has heaped up silver like dust and gold like the dirt of the streets.
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Listen! The Lord will impoverish her and cast her wealth into the sea; she herself will be consumed by fire.
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Ashkelon will see it and be afraid; Gaza too, and will writhe in great pain, as will Ekron, for her hope will fail. There will cease to be a king in Gaza, and Ashkelon will become uninhabited.
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A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, and I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.
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I will remove the blood from their mouths and the detestable things from between their teeth. Then they too will become a remnant for our God; they will become like a clan in Judah and Ekron like the Jebusites.
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I will set up camp at My house against an army, against those who march back and forth, and no oppressor will march against them again, for now I have seen with My own eyes.
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Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
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I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem. The bow of war will be removed, and He will proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion will extend from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
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As for you, because of the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless cistern.
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Return to a stronghold, you prisoners who have hope; today I declare that I will restore double to you.
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For I will bend Judah [as My bow]; I will fill that bow with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece. I will make you like a warrior's sword.
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Then the LORD will appear over them, and His arrow will fly like lightning. The Lord God will sound the trumpet and advance with the southern storms.
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The LORD of Hosts will defend them. They will consume and conquer with slingstones; they will drink and be rowdy as if with wine. They will be as full as the sprinkling basin, like [those] at the corners of the altar.
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The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people; for they are like jewels in a crown, sparkling over His land.
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How lovely and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the young women.

Zechariah chapter 10

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Ask the LORD for rain in the season of spring rain. The LORD makes the rain clouds, and He will give them showers of rain and crops in the field for everyone.
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For the idols speak falsehood, and the diviners see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore [the people] wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.
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My anger burns against the shepherds, so I will punish the leaders. For the LORD of Hosts has tended His flock, the house of Judah; He will make them like His majestic steed in battle.
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From them will come the cornerstone, from them the tent peg, from them the battle bow, from them every ruler. Together
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they will be like warriors in battle trampling down the mud of the streets. They will fight because the LORD is with them, and they will put horsemen to shame.
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I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them, and they will be as though I had never rejected them. For I am the LORD their God, and I will answer them.
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Ephraim will be like a warrior, and their hearts will be glad as if with wine. Their children will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the LORD.
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I will whistle and gather them because I have redeemed them; they will be as numerous as they once were.
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Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember Me in the distant lands; they and their children will live and return.
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I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, but it will not be enough for them.
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He will pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves of the sea; all the depths of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will come to an end.
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I will strengthen them in the LORD, and they will march in His name-- [this is] Yahweh's declaration.