God-of-the-Angel-Armies gave me this Message for them,
for all the people and for the priests: "When you held days of fasting every fifth and seventh month all these seventy years, were you doing it for me?
And when you held feasts, was that for me? Hardly. You're interested in religion, I'm interested in people.
"There's nothing new to say on the subject. Don't you still have the message of the earlier prophets from the time when Jerusalem was still a thriving, bustling city and the outlying countryside, the Negev and Shephelah, was populated?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)