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Malachi 1:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.a

The Lord's Love for Israel

2 1"I have loved you," says the LORD. 2But you say, "How have you loved us?""Is not Esau 3Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet 4I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. 5I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert." 4 If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins," the LORD of hosts says, "They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called 'the wicked country,' and 'the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'" 5 6Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, "Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!"

The Priests' Polluted Offerings

6 7"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am 8a father, where is my honor? And if I am 9a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. 10But you say, 'How have we despised your name?'
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