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An oracle. The word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.[a]

Israel Preferred to Edom

I have loved you, says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” Is not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the Lord. Yet I have loved Jacob but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a desolation and his heritage a desert for jackals. If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says: They may build, but I will tear down, until they are called the wicked country, the people with whom the Lord is angry forever. Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the borders of Israel!”

Corruption of the Priesthood

A son honors his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father, where is the honor due me? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, “How have we despised your name?” By offering polluted food on my altar. And you say, “How have we polluted it?”[b] By thinking that the Lord’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now implore the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. The fault is yours. Will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. 10 Oh, that someone among you would shut the temple[c] doors, so that you would not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hands. 11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. 12 But you profane it when you say that the Lord’s table is polluted, and the food for it[d] may be despised. 13 “What a weariness this is,” you say, and you sniff at me,[e] says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. 14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in the flock and vows to give it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished; for I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name is reverenced among the nations.

Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:1 Or by my messenger
  2. Malachi 1:7 Gk: Heb you
  3. Malachi 1:10 Heb lacks temple
  4. Malachi 1:12 Compare Syr Tg: Heb its fruit, its food
  5. Malachi 1:13 Another reading is at it


Autobiographical Poem on Wisdom

13 While I was still young, before I went on my travels,
    I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
14 Before the temple I asked for her,
    and I will search for her until the end.

15 From the first blossom to the ripening grape
    my heart delighted in her;
my foot walked on the straight path;
    from my youth I followed her steps.

16 I inclined my ear a little and received her,
    and I found for myself much instruction.
17 I made progress in her;
    to him who gives wisdom I will give glory.

18 For I resolved to live according to wisdom,[a]
    and I was zealous for the good,
    and I shall never be disappointed.
19 My soul grappled with wisdom,[b]
    and in my conduct I was strict;[c]

I spread out my hands to the heavens,
    and lamented my ignorance of her.
20 I directed my soul to her,
    and in purity I found her.

With her I gained understanding from the first;
    therefore I will never be forsaken.
21 My heart was stirred to seek her;
    therefore I have gained a prize possession.
22 The Lord gave me my tongue as a reward,
    and I will praise him with it.

23 Draw near to me, you who are uneducated,
    and lodge in the house of instruction.
24 Why do you say you are lacking in these things,[d]
    and why do you endure such great thirst?
25 I opened my mouth and said,
    Acquire wisdom[e] for yourselves without money.

26 Put your neck under her[f] yoke,
    and let your souls receive instruction;
    it is to be found close by.

27 See with your own eyes that I have labored but little
    and found for myself much serenity.
28 Hear but a little of my instruction,
    and through me you will acquire silver and gold.[g]

29 May your soul rejoice in God’s[h] mercy,
    and may you never be ashamed to praise him.
30 Do your work in good time,
    and in his own time God[i] will give you your reward.

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Footnotes

  1. Sirach 51:18 Gk her
  2. Sirach 51:19 Gk her
  3. Sirach 51:19 Meaning of Gk uncertain
  4. Sirach 51:24 Cn Compare Heb Syr: Meaning of Gk uncertain
  5. Sirach 51:25 Heb: Gk lacks wisdom
  6. Sirach 51:26 Heb: other ancient authorities read the
  7. Sirach 51:28 Syr Compare Heb: Gk Get instruction with a large sum of silver, and you will gain by it much gold.
  8. Sirach 51:29 Gk his
  9. Sirach 51:30 Gk he

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:21 Some interpreters hold that the quotation concludes with verse 15

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