An oracle: the word of the LORD to Yisra'el by Mal'akhi.
"I have loved you," says the LORD. Yet you say, "How have you loved us?" "Wasn't Esav Ya`akov's brother?" says the LORD, "Yet I loved Ya`akov;
but Esav I hated, and made his mountains a desolation, and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness."
Whereas Edom says, "We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places;" thus says the LORD of Hosts, "They shall build, but I will throw down; and men will call them 'The Wicked Land,' even the people against whom the LORD shows wrath forever."
Your eyes will see, and you will say, "The LORD is great -- even beyond the border of Yisra'el!"
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, then where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? Says the LORD of Hosts to you, Kohanim, who despise my name. You say, 'How have we despised your name?'