Malachi 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 {An oracle}.a The word of Yahweh to Israel {through}b Malachi.c

An Oracle Against Edom

2 "I have loved you," says Yahweh, but you say, "How have you loved us?" "[Is] Esau not Jacob's brother?" {declares}d Yahweh. "I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated. I have made hise mountain ranges a desolation, and [given] his inheritance to the jackals of [the] desert." 4 If Edom says, "We are shattered, but we will return and rebuild [the] ruins," Yahweh of hosts says this: "They may build, but I will tear down; and they will be called a territory of wickedness, and the people [with] whom Yahweh is angry forever." 5 Your eyes will see [this], and you will say, "Yahweh is great beyond the bordersf of Israel."

An Oracle Against the Temple Priesthood

6 "A son honors [his] father, and a slave his master;g but if I [am] a father, where [is] my honor, and if I [am] a master,h where [is] my reverence?" says Yahweh of hosts to you, O priests, {who despise}i my name. "But you say, 'How have we despised your name?' 7 [You are] presenting defiled food on my altar! But you ask, 'How have we defiled you?' By saying [that] the table of Yahweh is despised! 8 When you offer a blind [animal] for sacrifice, is that not wrong?j And when you offer [the] lame and the one who is ill, is that not wrong?k Present it, please, to your governor! Will he be pleased with you? {Will he show you favor}?"l says Yahweh of hosts. 9 So then, {implore the favor of God}m so that he will be gracious to us. "{This is what you have done}.n {Will he show favor to any of you}?"o says Yahweh of hosts. 10 "Who also among you will shut [the temple] doors [so that] you will not kindle fire in vain [on] my altar? I take no pleasure in you," says Yahweh of hosts, "and {I will not accept}p an offering from your hand. 11 From the rising of the sun to its setting, my name [is] great among the nations, and in every place incense [is] being presented to my name, and a pure offering. For my name [is] great among the nations," says Yahweh of hosts. 12 "But you [are] profaning it by saying the table of the Lord [is] defiled, and its fruit--its foodq--is despised! 13 And you say, 'Look! [This is] a weariness,' and you sniff [with disdain] at it," says Yahweh of hosts. "And you bring [the] stolen, the lame, and the one that is sick--[this] you bring as the offering! Should I {accept it}r from your hand?" says Yahweh. 14 "Cursed is the one who cheats, who has in his flock a male and vows [it], but [instead] sacrifices a blemished one to the Lord! For I [am] a great king," says Yahweh of hosts, "and my name [is] awesome among the nations."
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