In the eighth month a of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came b to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of c Iddo the prophet, saying,
"The LORD has been very angry with your fathers.
"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return d to Me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
"Do not be like your fathers, e to whom the former prophets preached, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: f "Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds." ' But they did not hear nor heed Me," says the LORD.
"Your fathers, where are they?
And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 Yet surely g My words and My statutes,
Which I commanded My servants the prophets,
Did they not overtake your fathers?
"So they returned and said:
h 'Just as the LORD of hosts determined to do to us,
According to our ways and according to our deeds,
So He has dealt with us.' " ' "