Malachi 1 LEB

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

References for Malachi 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Literally "A burden"
    • b 1:1 - Literally "by the hand of"
    • c 1:1 - The name "Malachi" means "my messenger" in Hebrew

      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,

      References for Malachi 1:2

        • d 1:2 - Literally "declaration of"
          3 but Esau I have hated. I have made hise mountain ranges a desolation, and [given] his inheritance to the jackals of [the] desert."

          References for Malachi 1:3

            • e 1:3 - That is, "Esau's"
              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."

              References for Malachi 1:5

                • f 1:5 - Hebrew "boundary"

                  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?'

                  References for Malachi 1:6

                    • g 1:6 - Hebrew "masters"
                    • h 1:6 - Hebrew "masters"
                    • i 1:6 - Literally "despisers of"
                      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.

                      References for Malachi 1:8

                        • j 1:8 - Or "is there no wrong?"
                        • k 1:8 - Or "is there no wrong?"
                        • l 1:8 - Literally "Will he lift your face?"
                          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.

                          References for Malachi 1:9

                            • m 1:9 - Literally "appease, please, the face of God"
                            • n 1:9 - Literally "From your hand was this"
                            • o 1:9 - Literally "will he lift up from you a face"
                              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.

                              References for Malachi 1:10

                                • p 1:10 - Literally "I will not take pleasure in"
                                  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!

                                  References for Malachi 1:12

                                    • q 1:12 - The Hebrew here is difficult; "its food" may function to explain "its fruit"
                                      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.

                                      References for Malachi 1:13

                                        • r 1:13 - Literally "take pleasure in it"
                                          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."