Chapter 1

The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

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I have loved you, says the LORD. But you say, In what have You loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob's brother? says the LORD; yet I loved Jacob,

and I hated Esau and made his mountains a desolation, and his inheritance [to be] for the jackals of the wilderness.

If Edom says, We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places. So says the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them the region of wickedness, and the people [with] whom the LORD [is] indignant forever.

And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, The LORD will be magnified beyond the border of Israel.

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. And you say, In what way have we despised Your name?

You offer defiled bread upon My altar; and you say, In what way have we defiled You? In your saying, The table of the LORD, it [is] a thing to be despised.

And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not evil? And if you offer the lame and the sick, [is it] not evil? Bring it now to your governor. Will he accept you, or lift up your face, says the LORD of hosts?

And now entreat the face of God, that He favor us. This has been by your hands, will He lift up your faces, says the LORD of hosts?

Who [is] even among you who will shut the doors, and you not kindle [fire on] My altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts. I will not be pleased with an offering from you.

For from the rising of the sun even to its going in, My name shall be great among the nations; and everywhere incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure food offering. For My name [shall be] great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.

But you are profaning it when you say, The table of the LORD, it [is] polluted; and its fruit, His food, [is] to be despised.

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You also said, Behold, what a weariness [it is]! And you have puffed at it, says the LORD of hosts. And you bring plunder, and the lame, and the sick, and you bring the food offering. Should I accept it from your hand, says the LORD?

But cursed [be] a deceiver; and there is in his flock a male, yet he vows it, but sacrifices to the LORD a blemished [one]. For I [am] a great king, says the LORD of hosts, and My name [is] feared among the nations.

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