The captives enquire of fasting.
Zechariah 7:1 And it came to passe in the fourth yeere of King Darius, that the word of the LORD came vnto Zechariah in the fourth [day] of the ninth moneth, [euen] in Chisleu. Zechariah 7:2 When they had sent vnto the house of God, Sherezer and Regem-melech, and their men to pray before the LORD, Zechariah 7:3 [And] to speake vnto the priestes, which [were] in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weepe in the fift moneth, separating my selfe, as I haue done these so many yeeres?
Zechariah reproveth their fasting.
Zechariah 7:4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts vnto me, saying, Zechariah 7:5 Speake vnto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fift and seuenth [moneth], euen those seuenty yeeres; did ye at all fast vnto me, [euen] to me? Zechariah 7:6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drinke, did not ye eat [for your selues], and drinke [for your selues]? Zechariah 7:7 [Should yee] not [heare] the wordes, which the LORD hath cried by the former Prophets, when Ierusalem was inhabited, and in prosperitie, and the cities thereof round about her, when [men] inhabited the South of the plaine?
Sin the cause of their captivity.
Zechariah 7:8 And the word of the LORD came vnto Zechariah, saying; Zechariah 7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hostes, saying, Execute true iudgement, and shew mercie and compassions euery man to his brother. Zechariah 7:10 And oppresse not the widow, nor the fatherlesse, the stranger, nor the poore, and let none of you imagine euill against his brother in your heart. Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their eares, that they should not heare. Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts [as] an adamant stone, lest they should heare the Law, and the wordes which the LORD of hostes hath sent in his spirit by the former Prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hostes. Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to passe, [that] as he cried, and they would not heare, so they cried, and I would not heare, saith the LORD of hostes. Zechariah 7:14 But I scattered them with a whirlewinde among all the nations, whom they knew not: thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through, nor returned: for they layed the pleasant land desolate.