Bible: Zechariah 7:1-5

The Hypocrisy of False Fasting

7:1 In King Dariusfourth year, on the fourth day of Kislev, the ninth month, 1  the word of the Lord came to Zechariah. 7:2 Now the people of Bethel 2  had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech and their companions to seek the Lord’s favor 7:3 by asking both the priests of the temple 3  of the Lord who rules over all and the prophets, “Should we weep in the fifth month, 4  fasting as we have done over the years? 7:4 The word of the Lord who rules over all then came to me, 7:5 Speak to all the people and priests of the land as follows: ‘When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and seventh 5  months through all these seventy years, did you truly fast for me – for me, indeed?

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