1An oracle. The word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
Israel Preferred to Edom
2I 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 Jacob3but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a desolation and his heritage a desert for jackals.4If 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.5Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the borders of Israel!”