Malachi 2:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Malachi 2:13, NIV: Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.

Malachi 2:13, ESV: And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.

Malachi 2:13, KJV: And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Malachi 2:13, NASB: And this is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and sighing, because He no longer gives attention to the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.

Malachi 2:13, NLT: Here is another thing you do. You cover the LORD's altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn't accept them with pleasure.

Malachi 2:13, CSB: This is another thing you do. You are covering the Lord's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning, because he no longer respects your offerings or receives them gladly from your hands.

What does Malachi 2:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 13 actually sets up the accusation in verse 14 by describing the consequences first. Verse 12 made reference to men who attempted to make offerings to God despite being guilty of pagan intermarriage. Here, a similar problem is occurring. Those who make offerings to God are bitter because He is not answering. God is making good on His promise not to accept offerings which come from an impure heart (Malachi 1:10). As is common with humanity, we fail to obey God, and then blame him for the consequences.

This is not to say that God will not hear the prayers of the divorced, nor ignore all of the offerings from anyone who is a sinner. It does, however, mean that we cannot expect God to bless us when we know we are defying His will. As best we know how, we ought to seek to be right with God before expecting Him to answer our requests.

Malachi brings three messages in the book. The first is to the priests regarding improper offerings. This second lesson is for the people of Israel, for their unfaithfulness to each other. The first sin of unfaithfulness was marrying pagans. The second will be detailed in verse 14. God is not answering prayers, or accepting offerings, because the men are divorcing their wives. This leads up to the Bible's strongest, clearest condemnation of divorce, in verse 16.