The word of the Lord
came to Zechariah, saying: Thus says the Lord
of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear. ... Just as, when I called, they would not hear, so, when they called, I would not hear, says the Lord
of hosts, and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and a pleasant land was made desolate.
- Zechariah 7:8-14