The Lord's Love for Israel

1 An oracle: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.a

References for Malachi 1:1

    • a 1:1 - My Messenger
      2 "I have loved you,"b says the Lord. But you ask: "How have You loved us?" "Wasn't Esau Jacob's brother?" [This is] the Lord's declaration. "Even so, I loved Jacob,

      References for Malachi 1:2

        • b 1:2 - Dt 4:37; 7:6-8; 10:14-15
          3 but I hated Esau.c I turned his mountains into a wasteland, and [gave] his inheritance to the desert jackals."d

          References for Malachi 1:3

            • c 1:3 - Gn 25:23; Rm 9:10-13
            • d 1:3 - Isa 34:5-17; Jr 49:7-22; Ezk 35:1-15
              4 Though Edom says: "We have been devastated, but we will rebuilde the ruins," the Lord of Hosts says this: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country and the people the Lord has cursedf forever.g

              References for Malachi 1:4

                • e 1:4 - Or will return and build
                • f 1:4 - Or Lord is angry with
                • g 1:4 - Mal 2:2; 3:9; 4:6; Isa 34:5-17
                  5 Your own eyes will see this, and you yourselves will say: The Lord is great, [even] beyondh the borders of Israel.i

                  References for Malachi 1:5

                    • h 1:5 - Or great over
                    • i 1:5 - Ps 67:1-7; 72:8-11; Ezk 39:7

                      Disobedience of the Priests

                      6 "A son honors [his] father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is [your] fear of Me?j says the Lord of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name." Yet you ask: "How have we despised Your name?"

                      References for Malachi 1:6

                        • j 1:6 - 1 Sm 2:30; Dn 5:23; Hg 1:8
                          7 "By presenting defiled food on My altar." You ask: "How have we defiled You?"k When you say: "The Lord's table is contemptible."l

                          References for Malachi 1:7

                            • k 1:7 - Ezk 22:26
                            • l 1:7 - Ezk 41:22; 44:16
                              8 "When you present a blind [animal] for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present a lame or sick [animal], is it not wrong?m Bring it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?" asks the Lord of Hosts.

                              References for Malachi 1:8

                                • m 1:8 - Lv 22:18-25; Dt 15:21; 17:1
                                  9 "And now ask for God's favor. Will He be gracious to us?n [Since] this has come from your hands, will He show any of you favor?" asks the Lord of Hosts.

                                  References for Malachi 1:9

                                    • n 1:9 - 1 Sm 13:12; Pr 19:6; Dn 9:13
                                      10 "I wish one of you would shut the [temple] doors, so you would no longer kindle a useless [fire on] My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the Lord of Hosts, "and I will accept no offering from your hands.o

                                      References for Malachi 1:10

                                        • o 1:10 - Isa 1:10-17; Jr 6:20; Am 5:21-23
                                          11 "For My name will be great among the nations,p from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incenseq and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,"r says the Lord of Hosts.

                                          References for Malachi 1:11

                                            • p 1:11 - Ps 113:3; Isa 45:6; 59:19
                                            • q 1:11 - Or Burnt offerings
                                            • r 1:11 - Many translations supply present tense verbs in this v. rather than future tense.
                                              12 But you are profaning itstwhen you say: "The Lord's table is defiled, and its product, its food, is contemptible."

                                              References for Malachi 1:12

                                                • s 1:12 - the Lord's name
                                                • t 1:12 - Lv 22:2; Ezk 13:19; 36:20-23
                                                  13 You also say: "Look, what a nuisance!" "And you scornu it," says the Lord of Hosts. "You bring stolen,v lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?" asks the Lord.

                                                  References for Malachi 1:13

                                                    • u 1:13 - Lit blow at
                                                    • v 1:13 - Or injured
                                                      14 "The deceiver is cursed who has an [acceptable] male in his flock and makes a vow but sacrifices a defective [animal] to the Lord.w For I am a great King," says the Lord of Hosts, "and My namex will be feared among the nations.

                                                      References for Malachi 1:14

                                                        • w 1:14 - Lv 22:18-25; 27:9-10; Dt 23:21-23
                                                        • x 1:14 - Or Because I am . . . Lord of Hosts, My name