The Priests' Polluted Offerings

Malachi 1

6 "A son f honors his father,
And a servant his master.
g If then I am the Father,
Where is My honor?
And if I am a Master,
Where is My reverence?
Says the LORD of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.
h Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'
7 "You offer i defiled food on My altar,
But say,
'In what way have we defiled You?'
By saying,
j 'The table of the LORD is 1 contemptible.'
8 And k when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
Is it not evil?
And when you offer the lame and sick,
Is it not evil?
Offer it then to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you?
Would he l accept 2 you favorably?"
Says the LORD of hosts.
9 "But now entreat God's favor,
That He may be gracious to us.
m While this is being done by your hands,
Will He accept you favorably?"
Says the LORD of hosts.
10 "Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,
n So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
I have no pleasure in you,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
o "Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
11 For p from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great q among the Gentiles;
r In every place s incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
t For My name shall be great among the nations,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
12 "But you profane it,
In that you say,
u 'The table of the 3 LORD is defiled;
And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.'
13 You also say,
'Oh, what a v weariness!'
And you sneer at it,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
"And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
Thus you bring an offering!
w Should I accept this from your hand?"
Says the LORD.
14 "But cursed be x the deceiver
Who has in his flock a male,
And takes a vow,
But sacrifices to the Lord y what is blemished -
For z I am a great King,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
"And My name is to be feared among the nations.

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 20:12
    Honor your father and your mother, that your da...
    Proverbs 30:11
    There is a generation that curses its father, A...
    Proverbs 30:17
    The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedi...
    Matthew 15:4 - 8
    "For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father ...
    Ephesians 6:2
    Honor your father and mother," which is the fir...
    Ephesians 6:3
    "that it may be well with you and you may live ...
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:16
    Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
    Isaiah 64:8
    But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
    Jeremiah 31:9
    They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.
    Luke 6:46
    But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?
  3. Cross References
    Malachi 2:14
    Yet you say, "For what reason?" Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 15:21
    But if there is a defect in it, if it is lame or blind or has any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
  5. Cross References
    Ezekiel 41:22
    The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and its length two cubits. Its corners, its length, and its sides were of wood; and he said to me, "This is the table that is before the LORD.
  6. Cross References
    Leviticus 22:22
    Those that are blind or broken or maimed, or have an ulcer or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them on the altar to the LORD.
    Deuteronomy 15:19 - 23
    All the firstborn males that come from your herd and your flock you shall sanctify to the LORD your God; you shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.
  7. Cross References
    Job 42:8
    "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."
  8. Cross References
    Hosea 13:9
    O Israel, you are destroyed, But your help is from Me.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:13
    Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:11
    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:19
    So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:3
    The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
    Isaiah 60:5
    Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
  13. Cross References
    1 Timothy 2:8
    I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
  14. Cross References
    Revelation 8:3
    Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 66:18
    For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.
    Isaiah 66:19
    I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.
  16. Cross References
    Malachi 1:7
    "You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, 'In what way have we defiled You?' By saying, 'The table of the LORD is contemptible.'
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:22
    But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
  18. Cross References
    Leviticus 22:20
    Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it shall not be acceptable on your behalf.
  19. Cross References
    Malachi 1:8
    And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?" Says the LORD of hosts.
  20. Cross References
    Leviticus 22:18 - 20
    Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them: 'Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, who offers his sacrifice for any of his vows or for any of his freewill offerings, which they offer to the LORD as a burnt offering -
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 47:2
    For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
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