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Malakias 1

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1Malakias modtog følgende budskab fra Herren til Israels folk:

2-3 „Jeg elsker jer, mit folk,” siger Herren.

„I spørger: ‚Hvordan har du vist os din kærlighed?’[a]

Dertil svarer jeg: Er Esau ikke Jakobs bror? Og dog foretrak jeg Jakob frem for Esau. Jeg gjorde Esaus bjergland til en ødemark, et sted hvor sjakaler færdes. Og hvis Esaus efterkommere, edomitterne, siger: ‚Vores land blev hærget, men vi vil genopbygge det,’ så river jeg det ned igen. Deres land er kendt som ondskabens land, og derfor er de til stadighed offer for min vrede. Det skal I få at se, og da vil I udbryde: ‚Herrens magt rækker langt ud over Israels grænser.’ En søn ærer sin far, og en slave respekterer sin herre. Jeg er både jeres Far og Herre, men alligevel ærer og respekterer I mig ikke! I er mine præster, men I ringeagter mig!

‚Hvordan har vi ringeagtet dig?’ spørger I.

Hver gang I bringer urene ofre til alteret!

‚Hvordan er vores ofre blevet urene?’

Fordi I siger: ‚Der er ingen grund til at give det bedste til Gud!’

Er det måske ikke forkasteligt at ofre syge, lamme og blinde dyr til mig? Prøv at bringe sådanne gaver til jeres guvernør! Vil han synes om dem og gøre, hvad I beder ham om? Tror I, at jeg vil hjælpe jer, når I bringer mig sådanne gaver? 10 Det ville være bedre at spærre døren til templet, så I ikke kom og ofrede den slags nytteløse gaver. Jeg kan ikke acceptere jeres handlemåde, og jeg vil ikke tage imod jeres ofre.

11 Alle folkeslag fra den ene ende af jorden til den anden skal erkende min magt og storhed. Overalt vil mennesker bringe mig røgelse og egnede ofre. 12 I, derimod, vanærer mig ved at sige: ‚Det er ikke så væsentligt, om det, vi ofrer til Herren, er som foreskrevet.’

13 I beklager jer oven i købet og siger: ‚Hvor er det besværligt at tjene Herren!’

Hvorfor foragter I mig? I bringer stjålne, lamme og syge dyr som offergave til mig. Skulle jeg virkelig tage imod sådan noget? 14 Den bedrager, som lover at bringe en flot vædder fra sin hjord, men bringer et defekt dyr i stedet, fortjener min straf. For jeg er en mægtig Konge, og alverdens folkeslag har ærefrygt for mig! siger Herren, den Almægtige.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1,2-3 Herrens kærlighed til sit folk, Jakobs efterkommere, indebærer straf for deres ulydighed og oprør, men også genoprettelse for den rest, der ydmyger sig. Til sammenligning er der ingen genoprettelse for Esaus efterkommere.

New International Reader's Version

Malachi 1

1This is a prophecy. It is the Lord’s message to Israel through Malachi.

Israel Doubts God’s Love

“Israel, I have loved you,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’

“Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?” says the Lord. “But I chose Jacob instead of Esau. I have turned Esau’s hill country into a dry and empty land. I left that land of Edom to the wild dogs in the desert.”

Edom might say, “We have been crushed. But we’ll rebuild our cities.”

The Lord who rules over all says, “They might rebuild their cities. But I will destroy them. They will be called the Evil Land. My anger will always remain on them. You will see it with your own eyes. You will say, ‘The Lord is great! He rules even beyond the borders of Israel!’

Give Your Best to the Lord

“A son honors his father. A slave honors his master. If I am a father, where is the honor I should have? If I am a master, where is the respect you should give me?” says the Lord who rules over all.

“You priests look down on me.

“But you ask, ‘How have we looked down on you?’

“You sacrifice ‘unclean’ food on my altar.

“But you ask, ‘How have we made you “unclean”?’

“You do it by looking down on my altar. You sacrifice blind animals to me. Isn’t that wrong? You sacrifice disabled or sick animals. Isn’t that wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord who rules over all.

“Now plead with God to be gracious to us! But as long as you give offerings like those, how can he accept you?” says the Lord.

10 “You might as well shut the temple doors! Then you would not light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord. “I will not accept any of the offerings you bring. 11 My name will be great among the nations. They will worship me from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west. In every place, incense and pure offerings will be brought to me. That’s because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord.

12 “But you treat my name as if it were not holy. You say the Lord’s altar is ‘unclean.’ And you look down on its food. 13 You say, ‘What a heavy load our work is!’ And you turn up your nose. You act as if you hate working for me,” says the Lord who rules over all.

“You bring animals that have been hurt. Or you bring disabled or sick animals. Then you dare to offer them to me as sacrifices! Should I accept them from you?” says the Lord. 14 “Suppose you have a male sheep or goat that does not have any flaws. And you promise to offer it to me. But then you sacrifice an animal that has flaws. When you do that, you cheat me. And anyone who cheats me is under my curse. After all, I am a great king,” says the Lord who rules over all. “The other nations have respect for my name. So why don’t you respect it?