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Zechariah Chapter 7

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7:1 And it so happened in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, in Kislev;
7:2 Sherezer as well as Regemmelech, and their men had sent a message to Bethelבֵּית אֵל
romanized: Bēṯ ‘Ēl, “House of El” or “House of God” at first called changed by Jacob/Israel click here
, to petition YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
,
7:3 And to speak to the priestsכֹּהֵן
kôhên, ko-hane’ Kohen = priest, principal officer or chief ruler For more info click here
who [belong] to the Temple of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, consecrating myself, as I have done for many years?
7:4 Then came the word of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts to me, saying,
7:5 Speak to all the people of the land and the priestsכֹּהֵן
kôhên, ko-hane’ Kohen = priest, principal officer or chief ruler For more info click here
, saying, When ya’ll fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [months], even those seventy years, did ya’ll fast for My honor?
[Was it] for Me?
7:6 And when ya’ll ate, and when ya’ll drank, wasn’t it ya’ll who were the eaters and ya’ll who were drinking?
7:7 Aren’t these words which YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous, and the cities of it around her, when men settled in the south and the lowlands?

Zechariah tells the real reason for captivity


7:8 And the word of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
came to Zechariah, saying,
7:9 So speaks YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts, saying, Judge with truthful judgment, and show mercy and kindness to one another:
7:10 And don’t oppress the widow, or the fatherless, the stranger, or the poor; and don’t devise in your hearts evil against one another .
7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, so that they couldn’t hear.
7:12 Yea, they made their hearts like iron rather than hearing the teaching and the words of Torahתּוֹרָה‎
Tōrā,/ˈtɔːrə, ˈtoʊrə/; “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law”) The first five books of the Bible or also called “the books of Moses” comes from an archery term meaning to shoot.
,  which YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts has sent in His Spirit by the former prophets: So came a great wrath from YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts.
7:13 So it so happened that just as He had called, and they wouldn’t listen. So they called out, and I didn’t hear, says YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
of hosts:
7:14 But I will cause them to be storm-tossed among all the nations whom they didn’t know . So the land was deserted, from ant who come and go: because they made the beautiful land desolate.

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