MAL'AKI (Malachi) 1:1 - 2:7

Malachi 1

1  The message of the word of יהוה to Yisra'ĕl by Mal'aḵi.

2  "I have loved you," said יהוה. "But you asked, ‘In what way have You loved us?' "Was not Ěsaw Yaʽaqoḇ's brother?" declares יהוה. "And I love Yaʽaqoḇ,

3  but I have hated Ěsaw, and have laid waste his mountains and his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness."

4  If Eḏom says, "We have been beaten down, let us return and build the ruins," יהוה of hosts said thus: "Let them build, but I tear down. And they shall be called ‘Border of Wickedness', and the people against whom יהוה is enraged forever.

5  And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, ‘Great is יהוה beyond the border of Yisra'ĕl!'

6  "A son esteems his father, and a servant his master. And if I am the Father, where is My esteem? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? said יהוה of hosts to you kohenim who despise My Name. But you asked, ‘In what way have we despised Your Name?'

7  "You are presenting defiled food on My altar. But you asked, ‘In what way have we defiled You?' Because you say, ‘The table of יהוה is despicable.'

8  "And when you present the blind as a slaughtering, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Bring it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favourably?" said יהוה of hosts.

9  "And now, entreat the face of Ěl to show favour to us. This has been done by your hands. Would He show favour to you?" said יהוה of hosts.

10  "Who among you who would shut the doors, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar for naught? I have no pleasure in you," said יהוה of hosts, "Nor do I accept an offering from your hands.

11  "For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My Name is great among nations. And in every place incense is presented to My Name, and a clean offering. For My Name is great among nations," said יהוה of hosts.

12  "But you are profaning Me, in that you say, ‘The table of יהוה is defiled, and its fruit, its food, is despicable.'

13  "And you said, ‘Oh, what weariness!' and you sneered at it," said יהוה of hosts. "And you brought in plunder, and the lame, and the sick - thus you have brought in the offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" said יהוה.

14  "But cursed be the deceiver who has a male in his flock, and makes a vow, but is slaughtering to יהוה what is blemished. For I am a great Sovereign," said יהוה of hosts, "and My Name is revered among nations.

Malachi 2

1  "And now, O kohenim, this command is for you.

2  "If you do not hear, and if you do not take it to heart, to give esteem to My Name," said יהוה of hosts, "I shall send a curse upon you, and I shall curse your bireḵoth. And indeed, I have cursed them, because you do not take it to heart.

3  "See, I shall rebuke your seed, and scatter dung before your faces, the dung of your festivals. And you shall be taken away with it.

4  "And you shall know that I have sent this command to you, as being My covenant with Lĕwi," said יהוה of hosts.

5  "My covenant with him was ḥai and peace, and I gave them to him, to revere. And he revered Me, and stood in awe of My Name.

6  "The Torah of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and straightness, and turned many away from wickedness. 

7  "For the lips of a kohen should guard knowledge, and they seek the Torah from his mouth, for he is the messenger of יהוה of hosts.