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And then,[a] in the fourth year of King Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Kislev. And the people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, and their[b] men, to entreat the favor[c] of Yahweh, saying to the priests of the house of Yahweh of hosts[d] and to the prophets, “Should I mourn in the fifth month and keep myself separate[e] as I have done for these many years?”

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  1. Zechariah 7:1 Literally “and it happened”
  2. Zechariah 7:2 Hebrew “his”
  3. Zechariah 7:2 Literally “the face”
  4. Zechariah 7:3 Literally “priests who are for the house of Yahweh of hosts”
  5. Zechariah 7:3 Or “abstain”; some interpret this as a reference to fasting