1 The aoracle of the word of the Lord to bIsrael through Malachi. 2 "I have aloved you," says the Lord. But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the Lord. "Yet I bhave loved Jacob; 3 but I have hated Esau, and I have amade his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness." 4 Though Edom says, "We have been abeaten down, but we will breturn and build up the ruins"; thus says the Lord of hosts, "They may cbuild, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the Lord is indignant dforever." 5 Your eyes will see this and you will say, "aThe Lord be magnified beyond the border of Israel!" 6 " 'A son ahonors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a bfather, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the Lord of hosts to you, O cpriests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name?' 7 "You are presenting adefiled bfood upon My altar. But you say, 'How have we defiled You?' In that you say, 'The ctable of the Lord is to be despised.' 8 "But when you present the ablind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your bgovernor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?" says the Lord of hosts. 9 "But now will you not aentreat God's favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He breceive any of you kindly?" says the Lord of hosts. 10 "Oh that there were one among you who would ashut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the Lord of hosts, "bnor will I accept an offering from you. 11 "For from the arising of the sun even to its setting, bMy name will be cgreat among the nations, and in every place dincense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be egreat among the nations," says the Lord of hosts. 12 "But you are aprofaning it, in that you say, 'The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.' 13 "You also say, 'My, how atiresome it is!' And you disdainfully sniff at it," says the Lord of hosts, "and you bring what was taken by brobbery and what is clame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I dreceive that from your hand?" says the Lord. 14 "But cursed be the aswindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a bblemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great cKing," says the Lord of hosts, "and My name is dfeared among the nations."