Thomson(i) 1 The charge of the word of the Lord to Israel by the ministry of his messenger. Lay it up in your hearts I beseech you. 2 I have loved you, saith the Lord. But you said, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau the brother of Jacob? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob 3 and slighted Esau and made his borders a waste, and the houses of a desert his inheritance. 4 For should he say, "Idumea is overthrown, let us return and build up the waste cities. "Thus saith the Lord Almighty, "Let them build, but I will overturn. They shall indeed be surnamed The borders of iniquity and A people to whom the Lord hath ever been opposed." 5 And your eyes shall see and you will say, "The Lord is magnified far beyond the borders of Israel." 6 A son honoureth a father; and a servant, his master. Now if I be a father, where is my honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord Almighty. As for you priests, you are they who bring dishonour on my name. Do you say, By what have we brought dishonour on thy name? 7 By offering on mine altar polluted loaves. And do you say, How have we polluted them? When you said, The table of the Lord is polluted, you then caused no regard to be paid to that which was to be laid thereon. 8 Since, if you offer the blind for sacrifices, it is not evil; and if you offer the lame or sickly, it is not evil. Offer such now to thy governor, will he admit thee? Will he accept thy person? saith the Lord Almighty. 9 Now then do you conciliate the favour of your God when you supplicate him? When such [offerings] are made by your hands, shall I for your sakes accept your persons? saith the Lord Almighty. 10 Since by you the doors will be shut, and a fire will not be kindled on mine altar for nothing, I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord Almighty; nor will I accept a sacrifice at your hands. 11 Since from the risings of the sun to its goings down my name hath been glorified among the nations; and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure sacrifice; since my name is great among the nations, saith the Lord Almighty, 12 and you profane it, by your saying, "The table of the Lord is polluted, "and when no regard was paid to the offerings laid thereon his meats, 13 you said, "These are because of affliction, "and though I rejected them, saith the Lord Almighty, yet you offered the torn, the lame and the sickly; if then you bring this sacrifice shall I accept such at your hands, saith the Lord Almighty, 14 when he is cursed, who is of ability and who hath a male in his flock and his vow upon him, and sacrificeth to the Lord a corrupted thing? Because I am a great king, saith the Lord Almighty and1 my name is illustrious among the nations,