Haftarah Torah Portion Toledot
Malachi 1:1 - 2:7

Malachi 1

A pronouncement. The Lord’s word to Israel through Malachi.

I have loved you, says the Lord;
        but you say, “How have you loved us?”
Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?
says the Lord.
        I loved Jacob,
        but I rejected Esau.
I turned Esau’s mountains into desolation,
        his inheritance into a wilderness for jackals.
Edom may say, “We are beaten down, but we will rebuild the ruins”;
    but the Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
    They may build, but I will tear them down.
    They will call themselves a wicked territory,
            the people against whom the Lord rages forever.
Your eyes will see it and you will say,
        “May the Lord be great beyond the borders of Israel.”

A son honors a father,
        and a servant honors his master.
But if I’m a father, where is my honor?
    Or if I’m a master, where is my respect?
says the Lord of heavenly forces
        to you priests who despise my name.
So you say, “How have we despised your name?”
        By approaching my altar with polluted food.
But you say, “How have we polluted it?”
        When you say, “The table of the Lord can be despised.”
If you bring a blind animal to sacrifice, isn’t that evil?
If you bring a lame or sick one, isn’t that evil?
Would you bring it to your governor?
Would he be pleased with it or accept you?
says the Lord of heavenly forces.

So now ask God to be gracious to us.
After what you have done, will he accept you?
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
10 Who among you will shut the doors of the temple
        so that you don’t burn something on my altar in vain?
        I take no delight in you,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
I won’t accept a grain offering from your hand.

11 Nevertheless, from sunrise to sunset,
        my name will be great among the nations.
Incense and a pure grain offering will be offered everywhere in my name,
        because my name is great among the nations,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
12 But you make my name impure when you say,
    “The table of the Lord is polluted.
        Its fruit, its food, is despised.”
13 But you say, “How tedious!”
        and you groan about it,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
You permit what is stolen, lame, or sick to be brought for a sacrifice,
        and you bring the grain offering.
Should I accept such from your hands?
says the Lord.

14 I will curse the cheater who has a healthy male in his flock,
        but who promises and sacrifices to the Lord that which is corrupt.
            I am truly a great king,
says the Lord of heavenly forces,
            and my name is feared among the nations.

Malachi 2

1  But now, this command is for you, priests:
    If you don’t listen,
        or don’t intend to glorify my name,
says the Lord of heavenly forces,
        then I will send a curse among you.
        I will curse your blessings,
            and I mean really curse them,
            because none of you intend to do it.
3  I am about to denounce your offspring;
        I will scatter feces on your faces,
        the feces of your festivals.
Then I will lift you up to me,
    and you will know that I have sent this command to you
        so that my covenant with Levi can continue to exist,
says the Lord of heavenly forces.
5  My covenant with him involved life and peace, which I gave him,
        and also fear so that he honored me.
            He was in awe of my name.
True Instruction was in his mouth;
        injustice wasn’t found on his lips.
He walked with me in peace and did the right thing;
        he made many turn from iniquity.
7  The lips of the priest should guard knowledge;
        everyone should seek Instruction from his mouth,
            for he is the messenger from the Lord of heavenly forces.

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