Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Malaki 1

1Buno bwe bubaka Mukama bwe yawa Malaki abutuuse eri abaana ba Isirayiri.

Okwagala kwa Mukama eri Isirayiri

“Nabaagala,” bw’ayogera Mukama.

“Naye mmwe ne mumbuuza nti, ‘Watwagala otya?’ 

“Esawu teyali muganda wa Yakobo?” bw’ayogera Mukama: “naye nze Yakobo gwe nayagala. Esawu namukyawa ne nfuula ensi ye ey’ensozi okuba amatongo, obusika bwe ne mbuwa ebibe eby’omu ddungu.”

Singa Edomu, ekika ekyava mu Esawu kigamba nti, “Wadde tukubiddwa wansi naye tulidda ne tuzimba ebyagwa.”

Mukama ow’Eggye ayogera nti, “Bo balizimba, naye nze ndibimenya; era abantu banaabayitanga, ensi embi, era nti abantu Mukama be yanyiigira ennaku zonna. Era amaaso gammwe galiraba ne mwogera nti, ‘Mukama agulumizibwe okusukka ensalo ya Isirayiri.’

Ekibi kya Bakabona

“Omwana assaamu kitaawe ekitiibwa, n’omuddu atya mukama we. Kale obanga ddala ndi kitammwe, ekitiibwa kye munzisaamu kiri ludda wa? Era obanga ndi mukama wammwe, lwaki temuntya?” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye.

Mukama ow’Eggye bw’abagamba mmwe nti, “Mmwe bakabona munyooma erinnya lyange.

“Ne mubuuza nti, ‘Twayonoona tutya?’ 

“Muwaayo ku kyoto kyange emmere eyonoonese.

“Kyokka ne mwebuuza nti, ‘Twakwonoona tutya?’ 

“Kubanga olujjuliro lwange mulufuula ekitagasa. Bwe muwaayo ensolo enzibe z’amaaso okuba ssaddaaka, muba temukoze kibi? Ate bwe muwaayo eziwenyera oba endwadde, ekyo si kibi? Kale nno mugezeeko okuzitonera omufuzi wammwe, anaabasanyukira? Ye anaafaayo okukutunulako?” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye.

“Kale nno mbasaba mwegayirire Katonda, atukwatirwe ekisa, kubanga ebyo ffe twabyereetera. Nga muleese ebiweebwayo ebifaanana bityo, waliwo n’omu gw’ayinza okukkiriza?” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye.

10 “Kale waakiri singa omu ku bakabona aggalawo enzigi muleme okukuma omuliro ku kyoto kyange ogw’obwereere! Sibasanyukira n’akatono,” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye, “so sikkirize kiweebwayo kyonna ekiva mu mikono gyammwe. 11 Kubanga okuva enjuba gy’eva okutuusa gy’egwa erinnya lyange kkulu mu baamawanga; obubaane buweerwayo mu buli kifo eri erinnya lyange, nga kuliko n’ekiweebwayo ekirongoofu, kubanga erinnya lyange kkulu mu baamawanga,” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye.

12 “Naye mmwe bakabona muvumisa erinnya lyange mu baamawanga buli lukya nga mugamba nti kya Mukama okuwaayo emmere etesaana n’ebiweebwayo ku kyoto kyange. 13 Era mwogera nti, ‘Nga tulabye;’ ne mugiwunyako ne mwetamwa, era ne mwesooza,” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye.

“Bwe muleeta ekinyage, n’ekiwenyera, n’ekirwadde, ebyo bye biweebwayo bye mulina okuleeta, mbikkirize?” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye. 14 “Buli mulimba yenna akolimirwe, oyo alina ennume mu kisibo kye eyeeyama okugiwaayo nga ssaddaaka eri Mukama naye n’awaayo ekintu ekiriko obulema: kubanga ndi Kabaka mukulu,” bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye, “n’erinnya lyange lya ntiisa mu baamawanga.”

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!”