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 ."
"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.
"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.
"Yet you say, 'For what reason ?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.