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Malachi 1:1-8 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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1 A pronouncement. The LORD's word to Israel through Malachi.a

Love of Jacob

2 I have loved you, says the LORD; but you say, "How have you loved us?" Wasn't Esau Jacob's brother? says the LORD. I loved Jacob, 3 but I rejected Esau. I turned Esau's mountains into desolation, his inheritance into a wilderness for jackals. 4 Edom may say, "We are beaten down, but we will rebuild the ruins"; but the LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: They may build, but I will tear them down. They will call themselves a wicked territory, the people against whom the LORD rages forever. 5 Your eyes will see it and you will say, "May the LORD be great beyond the borders of Israel."

Honoring the LORD

6 A son honors a father, and a servant honors his master. But if I'm a father, where is my honor? Or if I'm a master, where is my respect? says the LORD of heavenly forces to you priests who despise my name. So you say, "How have we despised your name?" 7 By approaching my altar with polluted food. But you say, "How have we polluted itb?" When you say, "The table of the LORD can be despised." 8 If you bring a blind animal to sacrifice, isn't that evil? If you bring a lame or sick one, isn't that evil? Would you bring it to your governor? Would he be pleased with it or accept you? says the LORD of heavenly forces.
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