Malachi 1

God’s Love for Jacob

1The
Lit burden
,
b  oracle of the word of the  Lord to c  Israel through
Or My messenger
Malachi.

2“I have e  loved you,” says the  Lord. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the  Lord. “Yet I f  have loved Jacob; 3but I have hated Esau, and I have g  made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.” 4Though Edom says, “We have been h  beaten down, but we will
Or rebuild the ruins
,
j  return and build up the ruins”; thus says the  Lord of hosts, “They may k  build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the
Lit border of wickedness
wicked territory, and the people
Or whom the  Lord has cursed
toward whom the  Lord is indignant n  forever.”
5Your eyes will see this and you will say o  “The  Lord
Or will be great
be magnified beyond the
Or territory
border of Israel!”

Sin of the Priests

6“‘A son r  honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a s  father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My
Lit fear
respect?’ says the  Lord of hosts to you, O u  priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’
7You are presenting v  defiled
Lit bread
,
x  food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The y  table of the  Lord is to be despised.’
8But when you present the z  blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil?
Lit Offer it, please
Why not offer it to your ab  governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the  Lord of hosts.
9But now
Lit entreat, please
will you not ad  entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us?
Lit This has been from your hand
With such an offering on your part, will He af  receive any of you kindly?” says the  Lord of hosts.
10Oh that there were one among you who would ag  shut the
Or doors
gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the  Lord of hosts, ai  nor will I accept an offering from
Lit your hand
you.
11“For from the ak  rising of the sun even to its setting, al  My name will be am  great among the nations, and in every place an  incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be ao  great among the nations,” says the  Lord of hosts. 12“But you are ap  profaning it, in that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.’ 13You also say, ‘
Lit Behold it is weariness
My, how ar  tiresome it is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it,” says the  Lord of hosts, “and you bring what was taken by as  robbery and what is at  lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I au  receive that from your hand?” says the  Lord.
14But cursed be the av  swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a aw  blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great ax  King,” says the  Lord of hosts, “and My name is
Or revered
,
az  feared among the
Or Gentiles
nations.”
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