The a1oracle of the word of the LORD to 2IsraelthroughbMalachi.
"I have 3loved you," says the LORD. But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not EsauJacob'sbrother ?" declares the LORD. "Yet I 4have lovedJacob ;
but I have hatedEsau, and I have 5made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness."
4ThoughEdomsays, "We have been 6beatendown, but we will c7return and build up the ruins "; thussays the LORD of hosts, "They may 8build, but I will teardown ; and men will call them the dwickedterritory, and the peopleetoward whom the LORD is indignant9forever ."
Your eyes will see this and you will say, "10The LORDfbe magnifiedbeyond the gborder of Israel !"
" 'A son11honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a 12father, where is My honor ? And if I am a master, where is My hrespect ?' says the LORD of hosts to you, O 13priests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name ?'