1This is the Lord's message to Israel through Malachi.
The Lord Chooses Jacob Instead of Esau
2“Israel, I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Wasn't Esau Jacob's brother?” says the Lord. “But I chose Jacob3instead of Esau. I turned Esau's mountains into a dry and empty land. I left that land of Edom to the wild dogs in the desert.”4Edom might say, “We have been crushed. But we'll rebuild our cities.” The Lord who rules over all says, “They might rebuild their cities. But I will destroy them. They will be called The Evil Land. My anger will always remain on them.5You will see it with your own eyes. You will say, ‘The Lord is great! He rules even beyond the borders of Israel!’
Give Your Best to the Lord
6“A son honors his father. A servant honors his master. If I am a father, where is the honor I should have? If I am a master, where is the respect you should give me?” says the Lord who rules over all. “You priests look down on me. “But you ask, ‘How have we looked down on you?’7“You put ‘unclean’ food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we made you “unclean?” ’ “You do it by looking down on my altar.8You sacrifice blind animals to me. Isn't that wrong? You sacrifice disabled or sick animals. Isn't that wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord who rules over all.9“Now you dare to ask me to show you my favor! But as long as you give offerings like those, how can I accept you?” says the Lord.10“You might as well shut the temple doors! Then you would not light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord. “I will not accept any of the offerings you bring.11“My name will be great among the nations. They will worship me from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west. In every place, incense and pure offerings will be brought to me. That is because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord.12“But you treat my name as if it were not holy. You say my altar is ‘unclean.’ And you look down on its food.13You say, ‘What a heavy load our work is!’ And you turn your nose up as if you hate working for me,” says the Lord who rules over all. “You bring animals that have been hurt. Or you bring disabled or sick animals. Then you dare to offer them to me as sacrifices! Should I accept them from you?” says the Lord.14“Suppose you have a male sheep or goat that does not have any flaws. And you promise to offer it to me. But then you sacrifice an animal that has flaws. When you do that, you cheat me. And anyone who cheats me is under my curse. After all, I am a great king,” says the Lord who rules over all. “The other nations have respect for my name. So why don't you respect it?
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1The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
The Lord’s Love for Israel
2“I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob (De 7:8; Jer 31:3; Am 1:11; Ob 1:10; Mal 2:14; Mal 2:17; Mal 3:7; Mal 3:13; Ro 9:13)3but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” (Isa 34:13; Jer 49:10; Jer 49:18; Eze 35:3; Joe 3:19)4If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’”5Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!” (Ps 91:8)
The Priests’ Polluted Offerings
6“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ (Ex 4:22; Ex 20:12; Ho 11:1; Mal 1:2; Lu 6:46)7By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord’s table may be despised. (Mal 1:2; Mal 1:8; Mal 1:12; Mal 2:12; Mal 3:3)8When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. (Le 22:22; Mal 1:13)9And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. (De 10:17; Zec 7:2)10Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. (Isa 1:11; Isa 1:13; Jer 6:20; Am 5:21)11For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. (Isa 2:2; Isa 56:7; Isa 60:3; Isa 66:19)12But you profane it when you say that the Lord’s table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. (Mal 1:7)13But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. (Le 22:20; Isa 43:23; Mic 6:3; Mal 1:8; Mal 3:14)14Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. (Ex 12:5; Le 22:21; Ps 47:2; Ps 76:12; Zec 14:9)