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Malachi 1:1-6 (New International Reader's Version)

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1 This is the LORD's message to Israel through Malachi.

The LORD Chooses Jacob Instead of Esau

2 "Israel, I have loved you," says the Lord. "But you ask, 'How have you loved us?' "Wasn't Esau Jacob's brother?" says the Lord. "But I chose Jacob 3 instead of Esau. I turned Esau's mountains into a dry and empty land. I left that land of Edom to the wild dogs in the desert." 4 Edom might say, "We have been crushed. But we'll rebuild our cities." The LORD who rules over all says, "They might rebuild their cities. But I will destroy them. They will be called The Evil Land. My anger will always remain on them. 5 You will see it with your own eyes. You will say, 'The LORD is great! He rules even beyond the borders of Israel!'

Give Your Best to the LORD

6 "A son honors his father. A servant honors his master. If I am a father, where is the honor I should have? If I am a master, where is the respect you should give me?" says the LORD who rules over all. "You priests look down on me. "But you ask, 'How have we looked down on you?'
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