1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by
Israel Doubts Godís Love
1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein
hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the
LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his
heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will
return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of
hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they
shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people
against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD
will be magnified from the border of Israel.
Through Blemished Sacrifices
1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master:
if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a
master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you,
O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we
despised thy name?
1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say,
Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of
the LORD is contemptible.
1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not
evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?
offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with
thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be
gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he
regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors
for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for
nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts,
neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going
down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles;
and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name,
and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the
heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of
the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat,
1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye
have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought
that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye
brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand?
saith the LORD.
1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a
male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt
thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and
my name is dreadful among the heathen.