1 In the eighth month aof the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came bto Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of cIddo the prophet, saying, 2 “The Lord has been very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return dto Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. 4 “Do not be like your fathers, eto whom the former prophets preached, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: f“Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.” ’ But they did not hear nor heed Me,” says the Lord.
And the prophets, do they live forever?
6 Yet surely gMy words and My statutes,
Which I commanded My servants the prophets,
Did they not overtake your fathers?
“So they returned and said:
h‘Just as the Lord of hosts determined to do to us,
According to our ways and according to our deeds,
So He has dealt with us.’ ” ’ ”
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