Even the wild animals will honor me; jackals and ostriches will praise me when I make rivers flow in the desert to give water to my chosen people.
They are the people I made for myself, and they will sing my praises!"
The Lord says, "But you were tired of me, Israel; you did not worship me.
You did not bring me your burnt offerings of sheep; you did not honor me with your sacrifices. I did not burden you by demanding offerings or wear you out by asking for incense.
You didn't buy incense for me or satisfy me with the fat of your animals. Instead you burdened me with your sins; you wore me out with the wrongs you have committed.
And yet, I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.
"Let us go to court; bring your accusation! Present your case to prove you are in the right!
Your earliest ancestor a sinned; your leaders sinned against me,
and your rulers profaned b my sanctuary. So I brought destruction on Israel; I let my own people be insulted."