Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

瑪拉基書 1

1以下是耶和華藉瑪拉基對以色列人的宣告。

耶和華愛以色列

耶和華說:「我曾愛你們。」你們卻說:「你在何事上愛我們呢?」耶和華說:「以掃不是雅各的哥哥嗎?但我卻愛雅各, 厭惡以掃。我使以掃的山嶺荒涼,把他的地業留給曠野的豺狼。」 也許以掃的後代以東人會說:「我們現在雖然被毀,但我們要重建毀壞之處。」萬軍之耶和華卻這樣說:「他們儘管建造,但我必拆毀。他們的土地要被稱為『罪惡之地』,他們要被稱為『耶和華永遠惱怒之民。』」 以色列人啊,你們必親眼看見這事,也必說:「願耶和華在以色列境外受尊崇!」

斥責祭司

萬軍之耶和華對祭司說:「兒子應當尊敬父親,僕人應當敬畏主人。我是你們的父親,但你們對我的尊敬在哪裡呢?我是你們的主人,但你們對我的敬畏在哪裡呢?你們藐視我的名,卻狡辯說,『我們在何事上藐視過你的名呢?』 你們把污穢的食物獻在我的祭壇上,還說,『我們在何事上玷污了你呢?』你們說耶和華的桌子是可藐視的。 你們拿瞎眼、瘸腿和有病的牲畜來獻祭,難道這不是罪過嗎?你試試把這樣的東西送給你的省長,看他會不會悅納你、恩待你。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」

現在,你們祈求上帝向我們施恩吧!然而,你們獻上這樣的祭物,祂怎會垂聽你們的祈求呢? 10 萬軍之耶和華說:「我真希望你們當中有人把殿門關上,免得你們在我祭壇上枉然點火。因為我不喜悅你們,也不接納你們的祭物。」 11 萬軍之耶和華說:「從日出之地到日落之處,列國必尊崇我的名。世上每個角落都有人向我焚香,獻上潔淨的供物。因為我的名必受列國尊崇。 12 可是,你們卻褻瀆我的名,竟然說我的桌子是污穢的,上面的祭物是可藐視的。 13 你們不屑地說,『哼!這些事真麻煩!』這是萬軍之耶和華說的。你們把搶來的、瘸腿的、有病的獻給我,我豈能接納呢?這是耶和華說的。 14 許願時說要獻上羊群中的公羊,後來卻拿傷殘的來獻給主,這種人該受咒詛!因為我是大君王,就是外族人也敬畏我的名。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」

The Message

Malachi 1

No More of This So-Called Worship!

1A Message. God’s Word to Israel through Malachi:

2-3 God said, “I love you.”

You replied, “Really? How have you loved us?”

“Look at history” (this is God’s answer). “Look at how differently I’ve treated you, Jacob, from Esau: I loved Jacob and hated Esau. I reduced pretentious Esau to a molehill, turned his whole country into a ghost town.”

When Edom (Esau) said, “We’ve been knocked down, but we’ll get up and start over, good as new,” God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “Just try it and see how far you get. When I knock you down, you stay down. People will take one look at you and say, ‘Land of Evil!’ and ‘the God-cursed tribe!’

“Yes, take a good look. Then you’ll see how faithfully I’ve loved you and you’ll want even more, saying, ‘May God be even greater, beyond the borders of Israel!’

“Isn’t it true that a son honors his father and a worker his master? So if I’m your Father, where’s the honor? If I’m your Master, where’s the respect?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies is calling you on the carpet: “You priests despise me!

“You say, ‘Not so! How do we despise you?’

“By your shoddy, sloppy, defiling worship.

“You ask, ‘What do you mean, “defiling”? What’s defiling about it?’

7-8 “When you say, ‘The altar of God is not important anymore; worship of God is no longer a priority,’ that’s defiling. And when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.

“Get on your knees and pray that I will be gracious to you. You priests have gotten everyone in trouble. With this kind of conduct, do you think I’ll pay attention to you?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.

10 “Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship!

Offering God Something Hand-Me-Down, Broken, or Useless

11 “I am honored all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship me all over the world, who honor me by bringing their best to me. They’re saying it everywhere: ‘God is greater, this God-of-the-Angel-Armies.’

12-13 “All except you. Instead of honoring me, you profane me. You profane me when you say, ‘Worship is not important, and what we bring to worship is of no account,’ and when you say, ‘I’m bored—this doesn’t do anything for me.’ You act so superior, sticking your noses in the air—act superior to me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! And when you do offer something to me, it’s a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I’m going to accept it? This is God speaking to you!

14 “A curse on the person who makes a big show of doing something great for me—an expensive sacrifice, say—and then at the last minute brings in something puny and worthless! I’m a great king, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, honored far and wide, and I’ll not put up with it!”