Malachi 1:1-8 NIV

1 A prophecy: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi.a

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    • a 1:1 - "Malachi" means "my messenger."

      Israel Doubts God’s Love

      2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob,

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      3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

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      4 Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.” But this is what the LORD Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD.

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      5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the LORD—even beyond the borders of Israel!’

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      Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices

      6 “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the LORD Almighty. “It is you priests who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

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          7 “By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible.

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              8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty.

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