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And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

7:1 king Darius. Two years after Zechariah was given the eight visions, he received another word from God, this time rebuking the Jews still in Babylon for instituting a formal fast day without authorization from God and without true repentance. Like many modern religionists, “they made their hearts as an adamant stone” (Zechariah 7:12) whenever they heard God’s Word.

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