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1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
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.
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, is contemptible.
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.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Malachi
Book: Malachi
Chapter: 1

The ingratitude of Israel. (1-5) They are careless in God's
institutions. (6-14)

1-5 All advantages, either as to outward circumstances, or
spiritual privileges, come from the free Love of God, who makes
one to differ from another. All the evils sinners feel and fear,
are the just recompence of their crimes, while all their hopes
and comforts are from the unmerited Mercy of the Lord. He chose
his people that they might be holy. If we Love him, it is
because he has first loved us; yet we all are prone to
undervalue the mercies of God, and to excuse our own offences.

6-14 We may each charge upon ourselves what is here charged
upon the priests. Our relation to God, as our Father and Master,
strongly obliges us to fear and honour him. But they were So
scornful that they derided reproof. Sinners ruin themselves By
trying to baffle their convictions. Those who live in careless
neglect of holy ordinances, who attend On them without
reverence, and go from them under No concern, in effect say, The
table of the Lord is contemptible. They despised God's name in
what they did. It is evident that these understood not the
meaning of the sacrifices, as shadowing forth the unblemished
Lamb of God; they grudged the expense, thinking all thrown away
which did not turn to their profit. If we Worship God
ignorantly, and without understanding, we bring the Blind for
Sacrifice; if we do it carelessly, if we are cold, dull, and
dead in it, we bring the sick; if we Rest in the bodily
Exercise, and do not make Heart-work of it, we bring the lame;
and if we suffer vain thoughts and distractions to Lodge within
us, we bring the torn. And is not this evil? Is it not a great
affront to God, and a great wrong and injury to our own souls?
In order to the acceptance of our actions with God, it is not
enough to do that which, for the matter of it, is good; but we
must do it from a right principle, in a right manner, and for a
right End. Our constant mercies from God, make worse our
slothfulness and niggardliness, in our returns of duty to God. A
spiritual Worship shall be established. Incense shall be offered
to God's name, which signifies Prayer and praise. And it shall
be a pure Offering. When the Hour came, in which the true
worshippers worshipped the Father in Spirit and in Truth, then
this Incense was offered, even this pure Offering. We may rely
On God's Mercy for Pardon as to the past, but not for indulgence
to Sin in future. If there be a willing mind, it will be
accepted, though defective; but if any be a deceiver, devoting
his best to Satan and to his lusts, he is under a Curse. Men
now, though in a different way, profane the name of the Lord,
pollute his table, and show contempt for his Worship.

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