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“When you offer the blind for sacrifice, isn’t that evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, isn’t that evil? Present it now to your governor! Will he be pleased with you or accept you?” says Yahweh of Armies. Bible

“accept you.” The Hebrew is an idiom and literally reads, will He “lift up your face?” When a person came before a superior such as a king or governor it was customary to bow or prostrate oneself with one’s face down. It the ruler accepted the person, he would lift up the person’s face, or say something that would cause the person to lift up his face. Thus, to “lift up the face” meant to accept someone.


Commentary for: Malachi 1:8