1A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
Israel Doubts God’s Love
2“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob,3but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”4Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.” But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.5You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’
Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices
6“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. “It is you priests who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’7“By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible.8When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.9“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.10“Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.11My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.12“But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’13And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty. “When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.14“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.
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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)