Malachi 1:1-4 New International Version

The LORD's Love for Jacob

1 1  A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.[1] 2  "I have loved you," says the Lord. "But you ask, 'How have you loved us?' "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the Lord. "Yet I have loved Jacob, 3  but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." 4  Edom may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins." But this is what the Lord Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.


[1] 1:1 "Malachi" means "my messenger."

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