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1The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
Israel Beloved of God
2“I#Deut. 4:37De 7:8De 23:5Is. 41:89(Jer. 31:3)John 15:12 have loved you,” says the Lord.
“Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’
Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?”
Says the Lord.
“Yet #Rom. 9:13Jacob I have loved;
3But Esau I have hated,
And #Jer. 49:18Ezek. 35:915laid waste his mountains and his heritage
For the jackals of the wilderness.”
4Even though Edom has said,
“We have been impoverished,
But we will return and build the desolate places,”
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“They may build, but I will #Jer. 49:16–18throw down;
They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.
5Your eyes shall see,
And you shall say,
#Ps. 35:27Mic. 5:4‘The Lord is magnified beyond the border of Israel.’
Polluted Offerings
6“A son #(Ex. 20:12)Prov. 30:1117(Matt. 15:4–8Eph. 6:23)honors his father,
And a servant his master.
#(Is. 63:16|NoBook| 64:8)Jer. 31:9Luke 6:46If then I am the Father,
Where is My honor?
And if I am a Master,
Where is My reverence?
Says the Lord of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.
#Mal. 2:14Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
7“You offer #Deut. 15:21defiled food on My altar,
But say,
‘In what way have we defiled You?’
By saying,
#Ezek. 41:22‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’
8And #Lev. 22:22Deut. 15:19–23when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
Is it not evil?
And when you offer the lame and sick,
Is it not evil?
Offer it then to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you?
Would he #(Job 42:8)accept you favorably?”
Says the Lord of hosts.
9“But now entreat God’s favor,
That He may be gracious to us.
#Hos. 13:9While this is being done by your hands,
Will He accept you favorably?”
Says the Lord of hosts.
10“Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,
#1 Cor. 9:13So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
I have no pleasure in you,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
#Is. 1:11“Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
11For #Is. 59:19from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great #Is. 60:3among the Gentiles;
#1 Tim. 2:8In every place #Rev. 8:3incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
#Is. 66:18For My name shall be great among the nations,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
12“But you profane it,
In that you say,
#Mal. 1:7‘The table of the Lord is defiled;
And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
13You also say,
‘Oh, what a #Is. 43:22weariness!’
And you sneer at it,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
Thus you bring an offering!
#Lev. 22:20Should I accept this from your hand?”
Says the Lord.
14“But cursed be #Mal. 1:8the deceiver
Who has in his flock a male,
And takes a vow,
But sacrifices to the Lord #Lev. 22:18–20what is blemished—
For #Ps. 47:2I am a great King,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“And My name is to be feared among the nations.
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