Zech 7:1-3

Hypocritical Fasting Condemned 1In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev.2Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men, to entreat the favor of the Lord,3and to ask the priests of the house of the Lord of hosts and the prophets, “Should I mourn and practice abstinence in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”