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 ."
" '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 ?' says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name ?'
"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 ?" says the LORD of hosts.
"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 ?" says the LORD of hosts.
"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," says the LORD of hosts, "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," says the LORD of hosts.
"You also say, 'My, how tiresome it is!' And you disdainfully sniff at it," says the LORD of hosts, "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 ?" says the LORD.
"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," says the LORD of hosts, "and My name is feared among the nations."
"If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name," says the LORD of hosts, "then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings ; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.
"For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth ; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
"But as for you, you have turned aside from the way ; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction ; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
"Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple ; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment ; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows .
"Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground ; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the LORD of hosts.
"All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts.
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace ; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff ; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."