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Malachi 1:2; Malachi 1:6-7 (Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha)

2 The Lord says to his people, "I have always loved you." But they reply, "How have you shown your love for us?" The Lord answers, "Esau and Jacob were brothers, but I have loved Jacob and his descendants, 6 The Lord Almighty says to the priests, "Children honor their parents, and servants honor their masters. I am your father - why don't you honor me? I am your master - why don't you respect me? You despise me, and yet you ask, "How have we despised you?' 7 This is how - by offering worthless food on my altar. Then you ask, "How have we failed to respect you?' I will tell you - by showing contempt for my altar.
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