This is the message a that the LORD gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi. b2
"I have loved you deeply," says the LORD.But you retort, "Really? How have you loved us?" And the LORD replies, "I showed my love for you by loving your ancestor Jacob. Yet Esau was Jacob's brother,
and I rejected Esau and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau's inheritance into a desert for jackals."
And Esau's descendants in Edom may say, "We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins." But this is what the LORD Almighty says: "They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again! Their country will be known as 'The Land of Wickedness,' and their people will be called 'The People with Whom the LORD Is Forever Angry.'
When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, 'Truly, the LORD's great power reaches far beyond our borders!'"
The LORD Almighty says to the priests: "A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. I am your father and master, but where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have despised my name!" But you ask, 'How have we ever despised your name?'
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)