Malachi 1


The Lord’s Love for Israel

oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nations
oracle: b The word of the Lord c to Israel through d Malachi.
= My Messenger

2“I have loved you,” f says the Lord.But you ask: “How have You loved us?”“Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?” g This is the Lord’s declaration. “Even so, I loved Jacob, 3but I hated Esau. h I turned his mountains into a wasteland, and gave his inheritance to the desert jackals.” i

4 Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild
Or will return and build
the ruins,” the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country l and the people the Lord has cursed
Or Lord is angry with
forever. n
5Your own eyes will see this, and you yourselves will say, ‘The Lord is great, even beyond
Or great over
the borders of Israel.’ p

Disobedience of the Priests

6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear of Me? r says
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name.”Yet you ask: “How have we despised Your name?”

7“By presenting defiled food on My altar.”You ask: “How have we defiled You?” tWhen you say: “The Lord’s table is contemptible.” u

8 “When you present a blind animal for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present a lame or sick animal, is it not wrong? v Bring it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?” asks the Lord of Hosts. 9“And now ask for God’s favor. Will He be gracious to us? w Since this has come from your hands, will He show any of you favor?” x asks the Lord of Hosts. 10“I wish one of you would shut the temple doors, y so you would no longer kindle a useless fire on My altar! z I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of Hosts, “and I will accept aa no offering from your hands. ab

11 “For My name will be great among the nations, ac from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense
Or Burnt offerings
and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,”
Or is great . . . are presented . . . is great
says Yahweh of Hosts.

12But you are profaning it af when you say: “The Lord’s table is defiled, and its product, its food, is contemptible.” 13You also say: “Look, what a nuisance!” “And you scorn
Lit blow at
Ancient Jewish tradition reads Me
ai says the Lord of Hosts. “You bring stolen,
Or injured
ak lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?” asks the Lord.

14“The deceiver is cursed who has an acceptable male in his flock and makes a vow but sacrifices a defective animal to the Lord. al For I am a great King,” says Yahweh of Hosts, “and My name
Or Because I am . . . Yahweh of Hosts, My name
will be feared among the nations.
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