Malachi

Malachi 1:1-5

"'I have loved you,'... But you say, 'How have you loved us?'
'Is not Esau Jacob's brother?'...'Yet I have loved Jacob but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.' Though Edom says, 'We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins,' thus says the Lord of hosts, 'They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the Lord is indignant forever.’ Your eyes will see this and you shall say, 'The Lord be magnified beyond the border of Israel!'"

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Malachi 1:6-14

'A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect? O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’ You are presenting defiled food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is to be despised.’ But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly? But now will you not entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He receive any of you kindly? Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you, nor will I accept an offering from you. For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations, But you are profaning it, in that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.’ You also say, ‘My, how tiresome it is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it, and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand? But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King, and My name is feared among the nations."

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