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Zechariah 7:3-5

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7:3 by asking both the priests of the temple 1  of the Lord who rules over all and the prophets, “Should we weep in the fifth month, 2  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 3  months through all these seventy years, did you truly fast for me – for me, indeed?

1 tn Heb “house” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).

2 sn This lamentation marked the occasion of the destruction of Solomon’s temple on August 14, 586 b.c., almost exactly 70 years earlier (cf. 2 Kgs 25:8).

3 tn The seventh month apparently refers to the anniversary of the assassination of Gedaliah, governor of Judah (Jer 40:13-14; 41:1), in approximately 581 b.c.



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