Malachi 1:2-5 (The Message)

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2 God said, "I love you." You replied, "Really? How have you loved us?" 3 and hated Esau. I reduced pretentious Esau to a molehill, turned his whole country into a ghost town." 4 When Edom (Esau) said, "We've been knocked down, but we'll get up and start over, good as new," God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, "Just try it and see how far you get. When I knock you down, you stay down. People will take one look at you and say, 'Land of Evil!' and 'the God-cursed tribe!' 5 "Yes, take a good look. Then you'll see how faithfully I've loved you and you'll want even more, saying, 'May God be even greater, beyond the borders of Israel!'
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