Malachi complaineth of Israel's unkindness.
Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of ye LORD to Israel by Malachi. Malachi 1:2 I haue loued you, sayth the LORD: yet yee say, Wherein hast thou loued vs? [was] not Esau Iacobs brother, sayth the LORD? yet I loued Iacob, Malachi 1:3 And I hated Esau, and layde his mountaines, and his heritage waste, for the dragons of the wildernesse. Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom sayth, Wee are impouerished, but we will returne and build the desolate places; Thus sayth the LORD of hostes, They shal build, but I will throw downe; and they shal call them, The border of wickednesse, & the people against whom the LORD hath indignation for euer. Malachi 1:5 And your eyes shall see, and yee shall say; The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.
Of their irreligiousness,
Malachi 1:6 A sonne honoureth [his] father, and a seruant his Master. If then I be a father, where [is] mine honour? and if I [be] a Master, where [is] my feare, saith the LORD of hostes, vnto you O priests, that despise my name? and yee say, Wherein haue we despised thy name? Malachi 1:7 Yee offer polluted bread vpon mine altar; and yee say, Wherein haue we polluted thee? In that yee say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. Malachi 1:8 And if hee offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not euill? and if yee offer the lame and sicke, [is it] not euill? offer it now vnto thy gouernour: will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person, saith the LORD of hostes? Malachi 1:9 And now I pray you, beseech God, that hee will be gracious vnto vs: this hath beene by your meanes: will he regard your persons, saith the LORD of hostes? Malachi 1:10 Who is there euen among you that would shut the doores [for nought]? neither doe yee kindle [fire] on mine altar for nought. I [haue] no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hostes, neither will I accept an offring at your hand. Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the Sunne, euen vnto the going downe of the same my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles, and in euery place incense [shall be] offered vnto my name, and a pure offring: for my name [shall be] great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hostes.
Malachi 1:12 But yee haue prophaned it, in that yee say; The table of the LORD is polluted, and the fruite thereof, [euen] his meate, is contemptible. Malachi 1:13 Yee said also; Behold what a wearinesse [is it], and yee haue snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hostes, and yee brought that which was torne, and the lame, and the sicke: thus yee brought an offring: should I accept this of your hand, saith the LORD? Malachi 1:14 But cursed [be] the deceiuer, which hath in his flocke a male, and voweth and sacrificeth vnto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hostes, and my name [is] dreadfull among the heathen.