The Lord's Love for Israel

Malachi 1

1 The 1 burden of the word of the LORD to Israel 2 by Malachi.

2 "I a have loved you," says the LORD.
"Yet you say, 'In what way have You loved us?'
Was not Esau Jacob's brother?"
Says the LORD.
"Yet b Jacob I have loved;
3 But Esau I have hated,
And c laid waste his mountains and his heritage
For the jackals of the wilderness."
4 Even though Edom has said,
"We have been impoverished,
But we will return and build the desolate places,"
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
"They may build, but I will d throw down;
They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
And the people against whom the LORD will have indignation forever.
5 Your eyes shall see,
And you shall say,
e 'The LORD is magnified beyond the border of Israel.'

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:37
    And because He loved your fathers, therefore He...
    Deuteronomy 7:8
    But because the LORD loves you, and because He ...
    Deuteronomy 23:5
    Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen...
    Isaiah 41:8
    But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I h...
    Isaiah 41:9
    You whom I have taken from the ends of the eart...
    Jeremiah 31:3
    The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Ye...
    John 15:12
    This is My commandment, that you love one anoth...
  2. Cross References
    Romans 9:13
    As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:18
    As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah And their neighbors," says the LORD, "No one shall remain there, Nor shall a son of man dwell in it.
    Ezekiel 35:9
    I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the LORD.
    Ezekiel 35:15
    "As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom - all of it! Then they shall know that I am the LORD."'
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:16 - 18
    Your fierceness has deceived you, The pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there," says the LORD.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 35:27
    Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
    Micah 5:4
    And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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