Malachi Chapter 1 |
1A pronouncement: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
2I have shown you love, said the Lord. But you ask, “How have You shown us love?” After all—declares the Lord—Esau is Jacob’s brother; yet I have accepted Jacob 3and have rejected Esau. I have made his hills a desolation, his territory a home for beasts of the desert. 4If Edom thinks, “Though crushed, we can build the ruins again,” thus said the Lord of Hosts: They may build, but I will tear down. And so they shall be known as the region of wickedness, the people damned forever of the Lord. 5Your eyes shall behold it, and you shall declare, “Great is the Lord beyond the borders of Israel!”
6A son should honor his father, and a slave his master. Now if I am a father, where is the honor due Me? And if I am a master, where is the reverence due Me?—said the Lord of Hosts to you, O priests who scorn My name. But you ask, “How have we scorned Your name?”
7You offer defiled food on My altar. But you ask, “How have we defiled You?” By saying, “The table of the Lord can be treated with scorn.”
8When you present a blind animal for sacrifice—it doesn’t matter! When you present a lame or sick one—it doesn’t matter! Just offer it to your governor: Will he accept you? Will he show you favor?—said the Lord of Hosts.
9And now implore the favor of God! Will He be gracious to us? This is what you have done—will He accept any of you?
The Lord of Hosts has said: 10If only you would lock My doors, and not kindle fire on My altar to no purpose! I take no pleasure in you—said the Lord of Hosts—and I will accept no offering from you. 11For from where the sun rises to where it sets, My name is honored among the nations, and everywhere incense and pure oblation are offered to My name; for My name is honored among the nations—said the Lord of Hosts. 12But you profane it when you say, “The table of the Lord is defiled and the meat, the food, can be treated with scorn.” 13You say, “Oh, what a bother!” And so you degrade it—said the Lord of Hosts—and you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; and you offer such as an oblation. Will I accept it from you?—said the Lord.
14A curse on the cheat who has an [unblemished] male in his flock, but for his vow sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord! For I am a great King—said the Lord of Hosts—and My name is revered among the nations.