The Priests' Polluted Offerings

Malachi 1

6 "A son f honors his father,
And a servant his master.
g If then I am the Father,
Where is My honor?
And if I am a Master,
Where is My reverence?
Says the LORD of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.
h Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'
7 "You offer i defiled food on My altar,
But say,
'In what way have we defiled You?'
By saying,
j 'The table of the LORD is 1 contemptible.'
8 And k when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
Is it not evil?
And when you offer the lame and sick,
Is it not evil?
Offer it then to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you?
Would he l accept 2 you favorably?"
Says the LORD of hosts.
9 "But now entreat God's favor,
That He may be gracious to us.
m While this is being done by your hands,
Will He accept you favorably?"
Says the LORD of hosts.
10 "Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,
n So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
I have no pleasure in you,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
o "Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
11 For p from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great q among the Gentiles;
r In every place s incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
t For My name shall be great among the nations,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
12 "But you profane it,
In that you say,
u 'The table of the 3 LORD is defiled;
And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.'
13 You also say,
'Oh, what a v weariness!'
And you sneer at it,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
"And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
Thus you bring an offering!
w Should I accept this from your hand?"
Says the LORD.
14 "But cursed be x the deceiver
Who has in his flock a male,
And takes a vow,
But sacrifices to the Lord y what is blemished -
For z I am a great King,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
"And My name is to be feared among the nations.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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