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!”

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Malaki 1

1Ọ̀rọ̀-ìjìnlẹ̀: ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sí Israẹli láti ẹnu Malaki.

Ọlọ́run fẹ́ràn Jakọbu, o sì kórìíra Esau

“Èmí ti fẹ́ ẹ yín,” ni Olúwa wí.

“Ṣùgbọ́n ẹ̀yin béèrè pé, ‘Báwo ni ìwọ ṣe fẹ́ wa?’

“Esau kì í ha ṣe arákùnrin Jakọbu bí?” ni Olúwa wí. “Síbẹ̀ èmi fẹ́ràn Jakọbu, ṣùgbọ́n Esau ni mo kórìíra, mo ti sọ àwọn òkè ńlá rẹ̀ di aṣálẹ̀, mo sì fi ìní rẹ̀ fún àwọn akátá aginjù.”

Edomu lè wí pé, “Bí ó tilẹ̀ jẹ́ pé a run wá, àwa yóò padà wá, a ó sì tún ibùgbé náà kọ́.”

Ṣùgbọ́n èyí ni ohun tí Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí pé: “Àwọn lè kọ́, ṣùgbọ́n èmi yóò wó palẹ̀. Wọn yóò sì pè wọ́n ní ilẹ̀ búburú, àwọn ènìyàn tí wọ́n máa ń wà ní ìbínú Olúwa. Ẹ̀yin yóò sì fi ojú yín rí i, ẹ̀yin yóò sì wí pé, ‘Títóbi ni Olúwa, títóbi rẹ̀ tayọ kọjá agbègbè Israẹli.’

Ẹbọ àìmọ́

“Ọmọ a máa bu ọ̀wọ̀ fún baba rẹ̀, ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ a sì máa bu ọlá fún olúwa rẹ̀. Ǹjẹ́ bí èmí bá jẹ́ baba, ọlá tí ó tọ́ sí mi ha dà? Bí èmi bá sì jẹ́ olúwa, ẹ̀rù tí ó tọ́ sí mi dà?” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí.

“Ẹ̀yin ni, ẹ̀yin àlùfáà, ni ẹ ń gan orúkọ mi.

“Ṣùgbọ́n ẹ̀yin béèrè pé, ‘Báwo ni àwa ṣe gan orúkọ rẹ?’

“Ẹ̀yin gbé oúnjẹ àìmọ́ sí orí pẹpẹ mi.

“Ẹ̀yin sì tún béèrè pé, ‘Báwo ni àwa ṣe ṣe àìmọ́ sí ọ?’

“Nípa sísọ pé tábìlì Olúwa di ẹ̀gàn. Nígbà tí ẹ̀yin mú afọ́jú ẹran wá fún ìrúbọ, ṣé èyí kò ha burú bí? Nígbà tí ẹ̀yin fi amúnkùn ún àti aláìsàn ẹran rú ẹbọ, ṣé èyí kò ha burú gidigidi bí? Ẹ dán an wò, ẹ fi wọ́n rú ẹbọ sí àwọn baálẹ̀ yín! Ṣé inú rẹ̀ yóò dùn sí yín? Ṣé yóò gbà yín?” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí.

“Ní ìsinsin yìí, ẹ bẹ Ọlọ́run kí ó ṣàánú fún wa. Ṣùgbọ́n pẹ̀lú irú àwọn ẹbọ wọ̀nyí láti ọwọ́ yín wá, ṣé yóò gbà yín?” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí.

10 “Hó ò! Ẹnìkan ìbá jẹ́ wà láàrín yín ti yóò sé ìlẹ̀kùn tẹmpili, pé kí ẹ má ba à ṣe dá iná asán lórí pẹpẹ mi mọ́! Èmi kò ní inú dídùn sí i yín,” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí, “bẹ́ẹ̀ ni èmi kì yóò gba ọrẹ kan lọ́wọ́ yín. 11 Orúkọ mi yóò tóbi láàrín àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè, láti ìlà-oòrùn títí ó sì fi dé ìwọ̀-oòrùn. Ní ibi gbogbo ni a ó ti mú tùràrí àti ọrẹ mímọ́ wá fún orúkọ mi, nítorí orúkọ mi tóbi láàrín àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè,” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí.

12 “Nítorí ẹ̀yin ti sọ ọ́ di àìmọ́, nínú èyí tí ẹ wí pé, ‘Tábìlì Olúwa di àìmọ́ àti èso rẹ̀,’ àní oúnjẹ rẹ̀ ni ohun ẹ̀gàn. 13 Ẹ̀yin wí pẹ̀lú pé, ‘Wò ó, irú àjàgà kín ni èyí!’ Ẹ̀yin sì yínmú sí i,” ní Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí.

“Nígbà tí ẹ̀yin sì mú èyí tí ó fi ara pa, arọ àti ọlọkùnrùn ẹran tí ẹ sì fi rú ẹbọ, Èmi o ha gba èyí lọ́wọ́ yín?” ni Olúwa wí. 14 “Ṣùgbọ́n ègún ni fún ẹlẹ́tàn náà, tí ó ni akọ nínú ọ̀wọ́ ẹran rẹ̀, tí ó sì ṣe ìlérí láti fi lélẹ̀ tí ó sì fi ẹran tó lábùkù rú ẹbọ sí Olúwa; nítorí ọba ńlá ni Èmi,” ni Olúwa àwọn ọmọ-ogun wí, “ẹ̀rù sì ni orúkọ mi láàrín àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè.