Malachi 1:1-6 (Good News Translation)

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1 This is the message that the Lord gave Malachi to tell the people of Israel. 2 The Lord says to his people, "I have always loved you." 1 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, 3 and have hated Esau and his descendants. I have devastated Esau's hill country and abandoned the land to jackals." 4 If Esau's descendants, the Edomites, say, "Our towns have been destroyed, but we will rebuild them," then the Lord will reply, "Let them rebuild - I will tear them down again. People will call them "The evil country' and "The nation with whom the Lord is angry forever.' " 5 The people of Israel are going to see this with their own eyes, and they will say, "The Lord is mighty even outside the land of Israel!" 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?'
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