Zechariah Chapter 7 זְכַרְיָה

א  וַיְהִי בִּשְׁנַת אַרְבַּע, לְדָרְיָוֶשׁ הַמֶּלֶךְ; הָיָה דְבַר-יְהוָה אֶל-זְכַרְיָה, בְּאַרְבָּעָה לַחֹדֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁעִי--בְּכִסְלֵו. 1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chislev;
ב  וַיִּשְׁלַח, בֵּית-אֵל, שַׂרְאֶצֶר, וְרֶגֶם מֶלֶךְ וַאֲנָשָׁיו--לְחַלּוֹת, אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה. 2 When Bethel-sarezer, and Regem-melech and his men, had sent to entreat the favour of the LORD,
ג  לֵאמֹר, אֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים אֲשֶׁר לְבֵית-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, וְאֶל-הַנְּבִיאִים, לֵאמֹר:  הַאֶבְכֶּה, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַחֲמִשִׁי--הִנָּזֵר, כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתִי זֶה כַּמֶּה שָׁנִים.  {פ} 3 and to speak unto the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying: 'Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?' {P}
ד  וַיְהִי דְּבַר-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֵלַי לֵאמֹר. 4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying:
ה  אֱמֹר אֶל-כָּל-עַם הָאָרֶץ, וְאֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים לֵאמֹר:  כִּי-צַמְתֶּם וְסָפוֹד בַּחֲמִישִׁי וּבַשְּׁבִיעִי, וְזֶה שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה--הֲצוֹם צַמְתֻּנִי, אָנִי. 5 'Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying: When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh month, even these seventy years, did ye at all fast unto Me, even to Me?
ו  וְכִי תֹאכְלוּ, וְכִי תִשְׁתּוּ--הֲלוֹא אַתֶּם הָאֹכְלִים, וְאַתֶּם הַשֹּׁתִים. 6 And when ye eat, and when ye drink, are ye not they that eat, and they that drink?
ז  הֲלוֹא אֶת-הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר קָרָא יְהוָה בְּיַד הַנְּבִיאִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים, בִּהְיוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַם יֹשֶׁבֶת וּשְׁלֵוָה, וְעָרֶיהָ סְבִיבֹתֶיהָ; וְהַנֶּגֶב וְהַשְּׁפֵלָה, יֹשֵׁב.  {פ} 7 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?' {P}
ח  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-זְכַרְיָה, לֵאמֹר. 8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying:
ט  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, לֵאמֹר:  מִשְׁפַּט אֱמֶת, שְׁפֹטוּ, וְחֶסֶד וְרַחֲמִים, עֲשׂוּ אִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו. 9 'Thus hath the LORD of hosts spoken, saying: Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother;
י  וְאַלְמָנָה וְיָתוֹם גֵּר וְעָנִי, אַל-תַּעֲשֹׁקוּ; וְרָעַת אִישׁ אָחִיו, אַל-תַּחְשְׁבוּ בִּלְבַבְכֶם. 10 and oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.
יא  וַיְמָאֲנוּ לְהַקְשִׁיב, וַיִּתְּנוּ כָתֵף סֹרָרֶת; וְאָזְנֵיהֶם, הִכְבִּידוּ מִשְּׁמוֹעַ. 11 But they refused to attend, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear.
יב  וְלִבָּם שָׂמוּ שָׁמִיר, מִשְּׁמוֹעַ אֶת-הַתּוֹרָה וְאֶת-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת בְּרוּחוֹ, בְּיַד, הַנְּבִיאִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים; וַיְהִי קֶצֶף גָּדוֹל, מֵאֵת יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת. 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His spirit by the hand of the former prophets; therefore came there great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
יג  וַיְהִי כַאֲשֶׁר-קָרָא, וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ:  כֵּן יִקְרְאוּ וְלֹא אֶשְׁמָע, אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת. 13 And it came to pass that, as He called, and they would not hear; so they shall call, and I will not hear, said the LORD of hosts;
יד  וְאֵסָעֲרֵם, עַל כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יְדָעוּם, וְהָאָרֶץ נָשַׁמָּה אַחֲרֵיהֶם, מֵעֹבֵר וּמִשָּׁב; וַיָּשִׂימוּ אֶרֶץ-חֶמְדָּה, לְשַׁמָּה.  {פ} 14 but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned; for they laid the pleasant land desolate.' {P}