Wild animals will say 'Thank you!' - the coyotes and the buzzards - Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun-baked earth, Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me.
"But you didn't pay a bit of attention to me, Jacob. You so quickly tired of me, Israel.
You wouldn't even bring sheep for offerings in worship. You couldn't be bothered with sacrifices. It wasn't that I asked that much from you. I didn't expect expensive presents.
But you didn't even do the minimum - so stingy with me, so closefisted. Yet you haven't been stingy with your sins. You've been plenty generous with them - and I'm fed up.
"But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins - that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins.
"So, make your case against me. Let's have this out. Make your arguments. Prove you're in the right.
Your original ancestor started the sinning, and everyone since has joined in.
That's why I had to disqualify the Temple leaders, repudiate Jacob and discredit Israel.
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)