Malachi 1 ©
The Lord puts the Israelites in mind of His love to them which He showed therein, that He loved Jacob, and hated Esau, v. 1, etc. Then He complains of their unthankfulness, first of the priests and afterwards of the people, being altogether unfaithful in their offerings, 6. And He exhorts them to sorrow and repentance, 9. And He prophecies of the true worship of God, which the faithful among all nations in the New Testament would prove, 11, etc.
THE1 burden of the word of the LORD 2to Israel 3by 4Malachi.
I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye 5say, 6Wherein hast thou loved us? 7Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: 8yeta I loved Jacob,
And I hated Esau, 9and laid 10his mountains and 11his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Whereas 12Edom saith, 13We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, 14They shall build, but I will throw down; and 15they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people 16against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
And your eyes 17shall see, and ye shall say, 18The LORD will be magnified 19from the border of Israel.
¶A son 20honoureth his father, and a servant 21his master: if then I be a father, where is 22mine honour? and if I be a master, where is 23my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, 24O priests, that despise my name. 25And ye say, 26Wherein have we despised thy name?
Ye offer 27polluted 28bread upon mine altar; and ye 29say, Wherein have we polluted 30thee? In that ye say, 31The table of the LORD is 32contemptible.
And if ye offer 33the blind for sacrifice, 34is it not evil? and if ye 35offer 36the lame and sick, 37is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; 38will he be pleased with thee, or accept 39thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
40And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: 41this hath been by your means: 42will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
Who is there even 43among you that would shut 44the doors 45for nought? 46neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neitherb will I accept an offering 47at your hand.
For 48from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name 49shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place 50incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
¶ 51But ye have profaned 52it, in that ye say, 53The table of the LORD is polluted; 54and 55the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
56Ye said also, Behold, 57what a weariness is it! 58and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and 59the lame, and the sick; thus 60ye brought an offering: should I accept 61this of your hand? saith the LORD.
But cursed be the deceiver, 62which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord 63a corrupt thing: for I am 64a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful 65among the heathen.