MLV(i) 1 The burden of the word of Jehovah to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you*, says Jehovah. Yet you* say, How have you loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother, says Jehovah. Yet I loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I hated and made his mountains a desolation and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness.
4 If Edom says, We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places, Jehovah of hosts says thus: They will build, but I will throw down and men will call them the border of wickedness and the people against whom Jehovah has indignation everlasting. 5 And your* eyes will see and you* will say, Jehovah be magnified beyond the border of Israel.
6 A son honors 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? says Jehovah of hosts to you*, O priests, who despise my name. And you* say, How have we despised your name? 7 You* offer polluted bread upon my altar. And you* say, How have we polluted you? In that you* say, The table of Jehovah is contemptible.
8 And when you* offer the blind for sacrifice, you* say, It is no evil! and when you* offer the lame and sick, It is no evil! Present it now to your governor. Will he be pleased with you, or will he accept your person? says Jehovah of hosts.
9 You* say, And now, I beseech you*, entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us; this has been by your* means. Will he accept any of your* persons? says Jehovah of hosts.
10 Oh that there was among you* who would shut the doors, that you* might not kindle my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you*, says Jehovah of hosts, nor will I accept an offering at your* hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same, my name is great among the Gentiles. And in every place incense is offered to my name and a pure offering. For my name is great among the Gentiles, says Jehovah of hosts.
12 But you* profane it, in that you* say, The table of Jehovah is polluted. And the fruit of it, even its food, is contemptible. 13 You* also say, Behold, what a weariness it is! And you* have sniffed at it, says Jehovah of hosts. And you* have brought what was taken by violence and the lame and the sick. Thus you* bring the offering.
Should I accept this at your* hand? says Jehovah. 14 But cursed be the deceiver, who has in his flock a male and vows and sacrifices to the Lord a blemished thing. For I am a great King, says Jehovah of hosts and my name is feared among the Gentiles.