Then the word of the LORD of hostscame to me, saying,
5"Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months athese1seventyyears, was it actually for 2Me that you fasted ?
6'When you eat and drink, bdo you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves?
'Are not these the wordswhich the LORD3proclaimed by the formerprophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and c4prosperous along with its citiesaround it, and the d5Negev and the efoothills were inhabited ?' "