The heavy burden, which the Lord showed against Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the Lord: And yet ye say: wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacobs brother, saith the Lord? yet have I loved Jacob, and hated Esau: yee I have made his hills waste, and his heritage a wilderness for dragons. And though Edom said: well, we are destroyed, we will go build up again the places that be layed waste: yet ( sayeth the Lord of hosts ) what they builded, that brake I down: so that it is called a cursed land, and people, whom the Lord hath ever been angry withal.
Your eyes have seen it, and ye your selves must confess, that the Lord hath brought the land of Israel to great honor. Should not a son honor his father, and a servant his master? If I be now a father, where is mine honor? If I be the Lord, where am I feared? sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Now to you priests, that despise my name. And if ye say: wherein have we despised thy name? In this, that ye *offer unclean bread upon my altar. And if ye will say: wherein have we offered any unclean thing unto thee? In this that ye say: the altar of the Lord is not to be regarded. If ye offer the blind, is that not evil? And if yee offer the lame and sick, is that not evil? Yee offer it unto thy prince, shall he be content with thee, or except thy person, sayeth the Lord of hosts?
And now make your prayer before God, that he may have mercy upon us: for such things have yee done. Shall he regard your persons, think ye, sayeth the Lord of hosts? Yee what is he among you, that will do so much as shut the doors, or to kindle fire upon mine alter for nought? I have no pleasure in you, sayeth the Lord of hosts: and as for the meatoffering, I will not accept it at your hand. For the rising up of the son unto the going down of the same, my name is great among the Gentiles: yee in every place shall there be sacrifice be done, and a clean meatoffering offered up to my name: for my name is great among the Heathen, sayeth the Lord of hosts. But yee have unhallowed it, in that ye say, the alter of the Lord is not regarded, and * the thing that is set thereupon , not worthy to be eaten.
Now say ye: It is but labor and travail, and thus have ye thought scorn at it (sayeth the Lord of hosts ) offering robbery, yee the lame and sick. Ye have brought me in a meatoffering, should I accept it of your hand sayeth the Lord? Cursed be the dissembler, which has in his flock one that is male, and when he maketh a vow, offereth a spotted one unto the Lord. For I am a great king (sayeth the lord of hosts) and my name is fearful among the Heathen.