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11The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.1

Malachi means my messenger

The Lord's Love for Israel

2a“I have loved you,” says the Lord. bBut you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau cJacob's brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet dI have loved Jacob

Cited Rom. 9:13

[Amos 1:11; Obad. 10]

[2:14, 17; 3:7, 13]

Deut. 7:8; Jer. 31:3

3but Esau I have hated. eI have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.”

Isa. 34:13; Jer. 49:10, 18; Ezek. 35:3; Joel 3:19

4If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’”

5fYour own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!”

Ps. 91:8

The Priests' Polluted Offerings

6g“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am ha father, where is my honor? And if I am ia master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. bBut you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’

[See 2 above]

[Luke 6:46]

Ex. 4:22; Hos. 11:1

See Ex. 20:12

7jBy offering polluted food upon my altar. bBut you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that kthe Lord's table may be despised.


[See 2 above]

[8; 2:12; 3:3]

8lWhen you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.

[13]; See Lev. 22:22

9And now mentreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, nwill he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts.

See Deut. 10:17

See Zech. 7:2

10oOh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, pand I will not accept an offering from your hand.

[Isa. 1:11; Jer. 6:20; Amos 5:21]

[Isa. 1:13]

11For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name qwill be2 great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name qwill be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

[Isa. 2:2; 56:7; 60:3; 66:19]

Or is (three times in verse 11; also verse 14)

12But you profane it when you say that rthe Lord's table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised.


13But you say, s‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. tYou bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord.

[8; Lev. 22:20]

Isa. 43:23; [3:14; Mic. 6:3]

14Cursed be the cheat who has ua male in his flock, and vvows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For wI am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name xwill be feared among the nations.

Ps. 47:2; 76:12

See Zech. 14:9

[Lev. 22:21]

See Ex. 12:5