Zechariah Chapter 7 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The captiues enquire of fasting. 4 Zechariah reproueth their fasting. 8 Sinne the cause of their captiuitie.
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?
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?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.12
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.14
View Wesley's Notes for Zechariah Chapter 7
7:2 When they - The captives who still continued in Babylon. The house of God - The temple, which now half built began to be frequented. Regem - melech - It appears not who these were, but no doubt they were eminent in dignity and piety. Their men - The train of friends that accompanied them. To pray - To intreat the Lord for pardon of what was past, acceptance of them at present, and an answer to their enquiry.
7:3 The prophets - Haggai and Zechariah. Weep - Fast, in remembrance of the burning of the temple on the tenth day of that month. Separating myself - From worldly cares and designs.
7:5 Unto all the people - By their messengers. And seventh - For the murder of Gedaliah, slain by Ishmael. Even to me - You pleased yourselves in it, not me; you wept more for the inconveniences of the thing than the sinfulness of it.
7:6 For yourselves - I was as little minded by you in your fasts, as in your feasts.
7:7 Hear the words - You needed not have thus enquired, had you heeded the written word. Prophets - Who have called for repentance, and sincere love to God, and man, and shewed how light, formal services are. Prosperity - Did such observances preserve Jerusalem in its prosperity? Were they sufficient to save the men that inhabited the south of the plain? Did they do no good when things were all safe and well? And do you imagine they can profit you, now all is in ruins?
7:9 Spake - To your fathers.
7:10 Imagine evil - Neither think ill of, or with ill to, nor plot evil against one another.
7:11 Pulled away - Withdrew their shoulder from the yoke of the law.
7:12 In his spirit - By his holy spirit.
7:14 They laid the land desolate - By their sins.
Zechariah Chapter 7 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Heb. to intreat the face of the Lord.
6 Or, be not ye they that &c.
7 Or, are not these the wordes. , Hebr. by the hand of, &c.
9 Heb. iudge iudgement of trueth.
10 Exod.22. 21. isa.1. 23. iere.5. 28.
11 Hebr. they gaue a backsliding shoulder. , Hebr. made heauie.
12 Hebr. by the hand of &c.
13 Pro.1.28. isa.1.15. iere.11.11. and 14.2.
14 Heb. land of desire.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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