The Lord’s Love for Israel
1An oracle: #Is 13:1Zch 9:1|NoBook| 12:1 The word of the Lord #Hs 1:1Jl 1:1Mc 1:1Zph 1:1 to Israel through #Jr 37:2Hg 1:1 Malachi. # = My Messenger
2“I have loved you,” #Dt 4:377:6-810:14-15Neh 13:26Ps 78:68 says the Lord.
But you ask: “How have You loved us? ”
“Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother? ” #Gn 25:25-26|NoBook| 36:19 This is the Lord’s declaration. “Even so, I loved Jacob, 3but I hated Esau. #Gn 25:23Rm 9:10-13 I turned his mountains into a wasteland, and gave his inheritance to the desert jackals.” #Is 34:5-17Jr 49:7-22Ezk 35:1-15
4Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild # Or will return and build the ruins,” the Lord of Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country #Mal 3:12 and the people the Lord has cursed # Or Lord is angry with forever. #Is 34:5-17Jr 49:17-18Mal 1:14|NoBook| 2:2|NoBook| 3:9|NoBook| 4:6 5Your own eyes will see this, and you yourselves will say, ‘The Lord is great, even beyond # Or great over the borders of Israel.’ #Ps 67:1-772:8-11Ezk 39:7Zch 12:1-10Rm 11:11-12
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 of Me? #1Sm 2:30Dn 5:23Hg 1:8 says 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? ” #Ezk 22:26
When you say: “The Lord’s table is contemptible.” #Ezk 41:22|NoBook| 44:16
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? #Lv 22:18-25Dt 15:21|NoBook| 17:1 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? #1Sm 13:12Pr 19:6Dn 9:13 Since this has come from your hands, will He show any of you favor? ” #Nm 6:25-26 asks the Lord of Hosts. 10“I wish one of you would shut the temple doors, #2Ch 28:24 so you would no longer kindle a useless fire on My altar! #Pr 1:17Is 1:14 I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of Hosts, “and I will accept #Lv 22:19-21 no offering from your hands. #Is 1:10-17Jr 6:20Am 5:21-23Mc 6:6-8
11“For My name will be great among the nations, #Ps 113:3Is 45:6|NoBook| 59:19Mt 8:11 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 #Lv 22:2Ezk 13:19|NoBook| 22:2636:20-23Mal 2:10-11 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 it,” # Ancient Jewish tradition reads Me #1Sm 2:29 says the Lord of Hosts. “You bring stolen, # Or injured #2Sm 24:24 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. #Lv 22:18-2527:9-10Nm 30:2Dt 23:21-23Ec 5:4-7 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.