1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, In what hast
thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD:
yet I loved Jacob,
1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage
waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return
and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts,
They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call
them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom
the LORD hath indignation for ever.
1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be
magnified from the border of Israel.
1:6 A son honoreth [his] father, and a servant his master: if
then I [am] a father, where [is] my honor? and if I [am] a
master, where [is] my fear? saith the LORD of hosts to you, O
priests, that despise my name. And ye say, In what have we
despised thy name?
1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon my altar? and ye say, In what
have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD
1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not evil?
and if ye offer the lame and sick, [is it] not evil? offer it
now to thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept
thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious to
us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your person?
saith the LORD of hosts.
1:10 Who [is there] even among you that would shut the doors
[for nought]? neither do ye kindle [fire] on my altar for
naught. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts,
neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the setting of the
same, my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles; and in every
place incense [shall be] offered to my name, and a pure
offering: for my name [shall be] great among the heathen, saith
the LORD of hosts.
1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the
LORD [is] polluted; and the fruit of it, [even] his provision,
1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness [is it]! and ye have
snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought [that
which was] torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an
offering: should I accept this from your hand? saith the LORD.
1:14 But cursed [be] the deceiver, who hath in his flock a male,
and voweth, and sacrificeth to the LORD a corrupt thing: for I
[am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name [is]
dreadful among the heathen.