Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

玛拉基书 1

1以下是耶和华借玛拉基对以色列人的宣告。

耶和华爱以色列

耶和华说:“我曾爱你们。”你们却说:“你在何事上爱我们呢?”耶和华说:“以扫不是雅各的哥哥吗?但我却爱雅各, 厌恶以扫。我使以扫的山岭荒凉,把他的地业留给旷野的豺狼。” 也许以扫的后代以东人会说:“我们现在虽然被毁,但我们要重建毁坏之处。”万军之耶和华却这样说:“他们尽管建造,但我必拆毁。他们的土地要被称为‘罪恶之地’,他们要被称为‘耶和华永远恼怒之民。’” 以色列人啊,你们必亲眼看见这事,也必说:“愿耶和华在以色列境外受尊崇!”

斥责祭司

万军之耶和华对祭司说:“儿子应当尊敬父亲,仆人应当敬畏主人。我是你们的父亲,但你们对我的尊敬在哪里呢?我是你们的主人,但你们对我的敬畏在哪里呢?你们藐视我的名,却狡辩说,‘我们在何事上藐视过你的名呢?’ 你们把污秽的食物献在我的祭坛上,还说,‘我们在何事上玷污了你呢?’你们说耶和华的桌子是可藐视的。 你们拿瞎眼、瘸腿和有病的牲畜来献祭,难道这不是罪过吗?你试试把这样的东西送给你的省长,看他会不会悦纳你、恩待你。这是万军之耶和华说的。”

现在,你们祈求上帝向我们施恩吧!然而,你们献上这样的祭物,祂怎会垂听你们的祈求呢? 10 万军之耶和华说:“我真希望你们当中有人把殿门关上,免得你们在我祭坛上枉然点火。因为我不喜悦你们,也不接纳你们的祭物。” 11 万军之耶和华说:“从日出之地到日落之处,列国必尊崇我的名。世上每个角落都有人向我焚香,献上洁净的供物。因为我的名必受列国尊崇。 12 可是,你们却亵渎我的名,竟然说我的桌子是污秽的,上面的祭物是可藐视的。 13 你们不屑地说,‘哼!这些事真麻烦!’这是万军之耶和华说的。你们把抢来的、瘸腿的、有病的献给我,我岂能接纳呢?这是耶和华说的。 14 许愿时说要献上羊群中的公羊,后来却拿伤残的来献给主,这种人该受咒诅!因为我是大君王,就是外族人也敬畏我的名。这是万军之耶和华说的。”

Amplified Bible

Malachi 1

God’s Love for Jacob

1The [a]oracle (burdensome message) of the word of the Lord to Israel through [My messenger] Malachi.

“I have loved you,” says the Lord. [b]But you say, “How and in what way have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I loved Jacob (Israel); but [in comparison with My love for Jacob] I have hated Esau (Edom), and I have made his mountains a wasteland, and have given his inheritance to the jackals of the wilderness.” Though [impoverished] Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins.” Thus says the Lord of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the Wicked Territory, the people against whom the Lord is indignant forever.” Your own eyes will see this and you will say, “The Lord is great and shall be magnified beyond the border of Israel!”

Sin of the Priests

“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is the [reverent] fear and respect due Me?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise My name. But you say, ‘How and in what way have we despised Your name?’ You are presenting defiled food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ By thinking that the table of the Lord is contemptible and may be despised. When you [priests] present the [c]blind [animals] for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and the sick, is it not evil? Offer such a thing [as a blind or lame or sick animal] to your governor [as a gift or as payment for your taxes]. Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you graciously?” says the Lord of hosts. “But now will you not entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering from your hand [as an imperfect animal for sacrifice], will He show favor to any of you?” says the Lord of hosts. 10 “Oh, that there were even one among you [whose duty it is to minister to Me] who would shut the gates, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar uselessly [with an empty, worthless pretense]! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from your hand. 11 For [d]from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My name shall be great among the nations. In every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “But you [priests] profane it when you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.’ 13 You also say, ‘How tiresome this is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it,” says the Lord of hosts, “and you bring what was taken by robbery, and the lame or the sick [animals]; this you bring as an offering! Should I receive it with pleasure from your hand?” says the Lord. 14 “But cursed is the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows [to offer] it, but sacrifices to the Lord a blemished or diseased thing! For I am a great King,” says the Lord of hosts, “and My name is to be [reverently and greatly] feared among the nations.”

Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:1 I.e. an urgent message the prophet is under compulsion to give.
  2. Malachi 1:2 The first in a series of sarcastic questions spread throughout this book beginning with “But you say.”
  3. Malachi 1:8 Only animals without defects or discernable flaws were to be offered as sacrifices.
  4. Malachi 1:11 I.e. around the world.