A Call to Return to the Lord

Zechariah 1

1 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, 2 "The LORD has been very angry with your fathers. 3 "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. 4 "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. 5 "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.' " ' "

  1. Cross References
    Ezra 4:24
    Thus the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem ceased, and it was discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
    Ezra 6:15
    Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
    Haggai 1:1
    In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying.
    Zechariah 7:1
    Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev.
  2. Cross References
    Ezra 5:1
    Then the prophet Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophets, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them.
    Ezra 6:14
    So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
    Zechariah 7:1
    Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev.
    Matthew 23:35
    That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
    Luke 11:51
    From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
  3. Cross References
    Nehemiah 12:4
    Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah.
    Nehemiah 12:16
    Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 31:6
    Return to Him against whom the children of Isra...
    Isaiah 44:22
    I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your tr...
    Micah 7:19
    He will again have compassion on us, And will s...
    Malachi 3:7 - 10
    Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone...
    Luke 15:20
    And he arose and came to his father. But when h...
    James 4:8
    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ...
  5. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 36:15
    And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.
    2 Chronicles 36:16
    But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 31:6
    Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
    Jeremiah 3:12
    Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: 'Return, backsliding Israel,' says the LORD; 'I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says the LORD; 'I will not remain angry forever.
    Jeremiah 18:11
    "Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good." '"
    Ezekiel 18:30
    Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord GOD. "Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.
    Hosea 14:1
    O Israel, return to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:11
    So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  8. Cross References
    Lamentations 1:18
    The LORD is righteous, For I rebelled against His commandment. Hear now, all peoples, And behold my sorrow; My virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity.
    Lamentations 2:17
    The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, And He has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries.
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