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Malachi 1:13

ESV But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD.
NIV And you say, 'What a burden!' and you sniff at it contemptuously,' says the LORD Almighty. 'When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?' says the LORD.
NASB You also say, ‘See, how tiresome it is!’ And you view it as trivial,' says the Lord of armies, 'and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I accept it from your hand?' says the Lord.
CSB You also say, 'Look, what a nuisance! ' And you scorn it," says the Lord of Armies. "You bring stolen, lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands? " asks the Lord.
NLT You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,' says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 'Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?' asks the Lord.
KJV Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.

What does Malachi 1:13 mean?

The first message from Malachi is directed at the priests, and focuses on their improper sacrifices. Recent verses have addressed the insulting attitude of Israel's spiritual leaders. This is so degrading to God that He would rather they simply stop offering sacrifices completely (Malachi 1:10). Verse 12 has stated that the priests' careless disrespect for God has "profaned" His name, meaning it has been degraded and insulted.

This verse explains part of the flaw in the priests' mindset. Bringing the correct sacrifices is harder than offering whatever is laying around. Diligently following God is more challenging than laziness and selfishness. And yet, the priests choose not to honor God, since doing so is "weariness." Once again, this has application for our lives today. Sneering at God's will, or His honor, when it conflicts with our preferences is a dangerous mindset.

God's point here is the same as given in verse 10: improper offerings will not be accepted. This has been expanded to include not merely the physical sacrifice, but the attitude with which it has been brought. God will not honor actions that contradict His will, or His word. At the same time, He will not honor actions which come from impure motives or an arrogant heart. What we do and how we think are unavoidably intertwined.
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