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Polluted Offerings

6 “A son fhonors his father,

And a servant his master.

gIf then I am the Father,

Where is My honor?

And if I am a Master,

Where is My reverence?

Says the Lord of hosts

To you priests who despise My name.

hYet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’

7 “You offer idefiled food on My altar,

But say,

‘In what way have we defiled You?’

By saying,

j‘The table of the Lord is 3contemptible.’

8 And kwhen you offer the blind as a sacrifice,

Is it not evil?

And when you offer the lame and sick,

Is it not evil?

Offer it then to your governor!

Would he be pleased with you?

Would he laccept 4you favorably?”

Says the Lord of hosts.

9 “But now entreat God’s favor,

That He may be gracious to us.

mWhile this is being done by your hands,

Will He accept you favorably?”

Says the Lord of hosts.

10 “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,

nSo that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?

I have no pleasure in you,”

Says the Lord of hosts,

o“Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.

11 For pfrom the rising of the sun, even to its going down,

My name shall be great qamong the Gentiles;

rIn every place sincense shall be offered to My name,

And a pure offering;

tFor My name shall be great among the nations,”

Says the Lord of hosts.

12 “But you profane it,

In that you say,

u‘The table of the 5Lord is defiled;

And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’

13 You also say,

‘Oh, what a vweariness!’

And you sneer at it,”

Says the Lord of hosts.

“And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;

Thus you bring an offering!

wShould I accept this from your hand?”

Says the Lord.

14 “But cursed be xthe deceiver

Who has in his flock a male,

And takes a vow,

But sacrifices to the Lord ywhat is blemished—

For zI am a great King,”

Says the Lord of hosts,

“And My name is to be feared among the nations.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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