To you, O priests, that despise my name, and have said: Wherein have we despised thy name? You offer polluted bread upon my altar, and you say: Wherein have we polluted thee? In that you say: The table of the Lord is contemptible.
“You have shown it by bringing ·unclean [defiled] food to my altar. “But you ask, ‘What makes it ·unclean [defiled]?’ “It is ·unclean [defiled] because you ·don’t respect [treat as contemptible] the altar of the Lord.
“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.
As you put polluted grain offerings on My clean altar, you ask, “In what way have we polluted You?” Your actions tell your fellow priests and the people whose sacrifices you offer that you all may despise the Eternal One’s table.
Ye offer on mine altar defouled, either unclean, bread, and ye say, Wherein have we defouled thee? In that thing that ye say, The board of the Lord is despised. (Ye offer on my altar defiled, or unclean, food, and ye say, How have we defiled thee? Because ye say, The table of the Lord can be despised/The Lord’s altar is contemptible, or is worthy to be despised.)
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