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Zechariah 7-8, on the restoration of Israel

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7:1 In the fourth year of King Darius [Dec 7, 518 BC], the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. 

7:3 The people asked, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month [month 5, day 9 – Aug 16, 518 BC, and Aug 13, 2016], as I have done for so many years?”

8:6-8 The LORD Almighty said, “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me? [7:14 After I’ve scattered them among all the nations, leaving the land so desolate that no one could come or go [7:13 because when I called, they did not listen] [7:11 because they refused to pay attention; stubbornly turning their backs and stopping up their ears]] I will then save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”

8:9-14 “You who now hear these words spoken by the prophets who were there when the foundation was laid for the house of the LORD Almighty, let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built. Formerly I had turned every man against his neighbor. But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past. The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong. Just as I had determined to bring disaster upon you and showed no pity when your fathers angered me, so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.”

8:19 “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah.”

8:20-23 “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going.’ And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty and to entreat him. In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ ”


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