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I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:2 I loved Jacob. Note Romans 9:11-13, where God’s choice of Jacob over Esau, even before they were born, is cited as an evidence and example of God’s sovereign choice. Their later lives, of course, confirmed the wisdom of God’s selection. However, as far as Malachi’s prophecy is concerned, this fact is given mainly as evidence of God’s undying love for the chosen nation descended from Jacob.

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