1 1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, 1 2 "Yahweh was very angry with your fathers. 1 3 Therefore say to them, Thus says Yahweh of hosts: Return to me, says Yahweh of hosts, and I will return to you, says Yahweh of hosts. 1 4 Be not like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, 'Thus says Yahweh of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.' But they did not hear or heed me, says Yahweh. 1 5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live for ever? 1 6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, As Yahweh of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us."