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i.e. Esau's descendants. See Genesis 25:30.
if then I be a father
Cf. (See Scofield "Isaiah 63:16"). The relationship here is national, not personal Jeremiah 3:18; Jeremiah 3:19 here, apparently, the Jews were calling Jehovah, "Father," but yielding Him no filial obedience. See; John 8:37-39; Romans 9:1-8.
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Or, I would that one among you would shut the doors of the temple that no more vain fire should kindle on mine altar. Cf. Isaiah 1:11-15.
For from the raising i.e. So it would have been had Israel been true. Isaiah 45:5; Isaiah 45:6. So it shall be despite Israel's failure.
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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Malachi 1". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/
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