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12 But you [priests] profane it when [by your actions] you say, The table of the Lord is polluted, and the fruit of it, its food, is contemptible and may be despised.

13 You say also, Behold, what a drudgery and weariness this is! And you have sniffed at it, says the Lord of hosts. And you have brought that which was [a]taken by violence, or the lame or the sick; this you bring as an offering! Shall I accept this from your hand? says the Lord.(A)

14 But cursed is the [cheating] deceiver who has a male in his flock and vows to offer it, yet sacrifices to the [sovereign] Lord a blemished or diseased thing! For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and My name is terrible and to be [reverently] feared among the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:13 Animals with defects or serious flaws were unacceptable as sacrifices.
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