O my people, listen!
For I am your God. Listen!
Here are my charges against you:
I have no complaint about the sacrifices you bring to my altar, for you bring them regularly.
But it isn’t sacrificial bullocks and goats that I really want from you.
For all the animals of field and forest are mine!
The cattle on a thousand hills!
And all the birds upon the mountains!
If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you—for all the world is mine and everything in it.
No, I don’t need your sacrifices of flesh and blood.
What I want from you is your true thanks;
I want your promises fulfilled.
I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.
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