Yahweh loves Israel (Mal 1:2-1:2)

“Says Yahweh.

‘I have loved you.

But you say.

‘How have you loved us?

Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?’

Says Yahweh.

‘Yet I have loved Jacob.’”

Yahweh said that he loved Israel.  However, the Israelites questioned Yahweh, by asking how he had loved them.  Suddenly the name of the twin brother of Jacob, Esau, comes up.  Yahweh responded that he had loved Jacob rather than Esau.