Malachi means “my messenger” or “my angel,” and is probably not a proper name (compare
The Edomites were descended from Esau, the Israelites from Jacob. They were brother nations, but their relations were dominated
by hostility. See Gen. 25.19–23, Ezek. ch. 35
, and Obad.
Care for the details of sacrifice and ritual is a way to honour the LORD.
In contrast to the impurity of worship in Judah, the LORD is worshiped in purity by all the Gentile nations. See, too, v. 14
Profane: to treat an object set aside for worship as if it were a matter of secular business, subject to scheming and bargaining.
The business of priests is to convey God's blessings to people; dishonorable priests will have their blessings turned into curses that will fall upon themselves.
Contact with offal made one unfit for worship; here the blemished sacrifices do the same (
Levi was the priestly tribe, and the covenant acknowledged Levi's priestly functions.
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