Malachi - Chapter 1 | American Standard Version

  • 1. The burden of the word of Jehovah to Israel by Malachi.
  • 2. I have loved you, saith Jehovah. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother, saith Jehovah: yet I loved Jacob;
  • 3. but Esau I hated, and made his mountains a desolation, and {cf15i gave} his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness.
  • 4. Whereas Edom saith, We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places; thus saith Jehovah of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and men shall call them The border of wickedness, and The people against whom Jehovah hath indignation for ever.
  • 5. And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, Jehovah be magnified beyond the border of Israel.
  • 6. A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I am a father, where is mine honor? and if I am a master, where is my fear? saith Jehovah of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
  • 7. Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. And ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of Jehovah is contemptible.
  • 8. And when ye offer the blind for sacrifice, it is no evil! and when ye offer the lame and sick, it is no evil! Present it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee? or will he accept thy person? saith Jehovah of hosts.
  • 9. And now, I pray you, entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he accept any of your persons? saith Jehovah of hosts.
  • 10. Oh that there were one among you that would shut the doors, that ye might not kindle {cf15i fire on} mine altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, saith Jehovah of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
  • 11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name {cf15i shall be} great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense {cf15i shall be} offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name {cf15i shall be} great among the Gentiles, saith Jehovah of hosts.
  • 12. But ye profane it, in that ye say, The table of Jehovah is polluted, and the fruit thereof, even its food, is contemptible.
  • 13. Ye say also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith Jehovah of hosts; and ye have brought that which was taken by violence, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye bring the offering: should I accept this at your hand? saith Jehovah.
  • 14. But cursed be the deceiver, who hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a blemished thing; for I am a great King, saith Jehovah of hosts, and my name is terrible among the Gentiles.