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Say to all the people of the land and to the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh month[a] these seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?(A)

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  1. 7:5 Seventh month: the time of a fast in memory of the murder of Gedaliah, the governor installed by the Babylonians after they conquered Jerusalem (see 2 Kgs 25:25; Jer 41:1–3). Seventy years: see note on 1:12.