4 Then the word of the Lord of Hosts came to me:
5 "Ask all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh [months] for these 70 years, did you really fast for Me?a
6 When you eat and drink, don't you eat and drink [simply] for yourselves?b
7 Aren't [these] the words that the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem was inhabited and secure,c along with its surrounding cities, and when the southern region and the Judean foothills were inhabited?"