The captives enquire of fasting.
Zechariah 7:1 It happened also in the fourthe yeare of kinge Darius, that the word of the lord came vnto Zachary in the fourth daye of the .ix. monethe, whiche is called Caslew: Zechariah 7:2 what tyme as Sarasar & Rogomelech & the men þt were with them, sent vnto Bethel for to pray before the lord: Zechariah 7:3 & þt they should say vnto the priestes, which were in the house of the Lord of hostes, & to þe prophetes: should I wepe in the fyfte moneth, and absteyne, as I haue done now cerrtain yeares?
Zechariah reproveth their fasting.
Zechariah 7:4 Then came the word of the Lorde of hostes vnto me, saying: Zechariah 7:5 Speake vnto all the people of the land, & to the priestes, and saye: when ye fasted and mourneth in þe .v. & .vij. moneth (now this .lxx. yeares) dyd ye fast vnto me? Zechariah 7:6 When ye ate also and droncke; dyd ye not eate & drincke for youre owne selues? Zechariah 7:7 Are not these the wordes which the Lord spake by his prophetes afore tyme, when Ierusalem was yet inhabited & welthy, she and the cities round aboute her: when there dwelt men, both toward the south and in the playne countreyes?
Sin the cause of their captivity.
Zechariah 7:8 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto Zachary, saying: Zechariah 7:9 Thus sayeth the Lord of Hostes: Execute true iudgement: shew mercy & louinge kindnesse, euery man to his brother. Zechariah 7:10 Do the widdow, the fatherlesse, the straunger, and poore no wronge: and let no man ymagen euil against his brother in his hert. Zechariah 7:11 Neuertheles they would not take hede, but turned their backes, & stopped their eares, that they should not heare: Zechariah 7:12 yea, they made their hertes as an Adamant stone, least they should hear the law & wordes, whiche the Lorde of hostes sent in his holy spirite by the Prophetes afore tyme. Wherfore the Lorde of hostes was verye wroth at them. Zechariah 7:13 And thus it is come to passe, that like as he spake, & they woulde not hear: euen so they cryed, and I woulde not heare, (sayeth the Lord of hostes) Zechariah 7:14 but scatered them among al Gentiles, whom they knew not: Thus the lande was made so desolate, that there trauayled no man in it, neyther to, nor for for that pleasaunt lande was vtterly layed waste.