Malachi 1:1-6 (New American Standard)

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God's Love for Jacob

1 The a1oracle of the word of the LORD to 2Israel through bMalachi. 2 "I have 3loved you," says the LORD. But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet I 4have loved Jacob; 3 but I have hated Esau, and I have 5made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness." 4 Though Edom says, "We have been 6beaten down, but we will c7return and build up the ruins "; thus says the LORD of hosts, "They may 8build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the dwicked territory, and the people etoward whom the LORD is indignant 9forever ." 5 Your eyes will see this and you will say, "10The LORD fbe magnified beyond the gborder of Israel!"

Sin of the Priests

6 " 'A son 11honors 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?'
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