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1A pronouncement. The Lord’s word to Israel through Malachi.#Or my messenger
Love of Jacob
2I have loved you, says the Lord;
but you say, "How have you loved us?"
Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?
says the Lord.
I loved Jacob,
3but I rejected Esau.
I turned Esau’s mountains into desolation,
his inheritance into a wilderness for jackals.
4Edom may say, "We are beaten down, but we will rebuild the ruins";
but the Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
They may build, but I will tear them down.
They will call themselves a wicked territory,
the people against whom the Lord rages forever.
5Your eyes will see it and you will say,
"May the Lord be great beyond the borders of Israel."
Honoring the Lord
6A son honors a father,
and a servant honors his master.
But if I’m a father, where is my honor?
Or if I’m a master, where is my respect?
says the Lord of heavenly forces
to you priests who despise my name.
So you say, "How have we despised your name?"
7By approaching my altar with polluted food.
But you say, "How have we polluted it#Gk; Heb you?"
When you say, "The table of the Lord can be despised."
8If you bring a blind animal to sacrifice, isn’t that evil?
If you bring a lame or sick one, isn’t that evil?
Would you bring it to your governor?
Would he be pleased with it or accept you?
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
9So now ask God to be gracious to us.
After what you have done, will he accept you?
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
10Who among you will shut the doors of the temple#Heb lacks of the temple.
so that you don’t burn something on my altar in vain?
I take no delight in you,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
I won’t accept a grain offering from your hand.
11Nevertheless, from sunrise to sunset,
my name will be great among the nations.
Incense and a pure grain offering will be offered everywhere in my name,
because my name is great among the nations,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
12But you make my name impure when you say,
"The table of the Lord is polluted.
Its fruit, its food, is despised."
13But you say, "How tedious!"
and you groan about it,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
You permit what is stolen, lame, or sick to be brought for a sacrifice,#Heb lacks for a sacrifice.
and you bring the grain offering.
Should I accept such from your hands?
says the Lord.
14I will curse the cheater who has a healthy#Heb lacks healthy. male in his flock,
but who promises and sacrifices to the Lord that which is corrupt.
I am truly a great king,
says the Lord of heavenly forces,
and my name is feared among the nations.
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