Malachi 31Behold, I send my agent, and he shall prepare the way before me. And the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple. And the messenger of the covenant, whom ye desire, behold, he comes, says Jehovah of hosts. 2But who can abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. 3And he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. And he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver. And they shall offer to Jehovah offerings in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem shall be pleasant to Jehovah, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years. 5And I will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who turn aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says Jehovah of hosts. 6For I, Jehovah, do not change. Therefore ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. 7From the days of your fathers ye have turned aside from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says Jehovah of hosts. But ye say, How shall we return? 8Will a man rob God? Yet ye rob me. But ye say, How have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9Ye are cursed with the curse, for ye rob me, even this whole nation. 10Bring ye the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now with this, says Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open to you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for it. 11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, nor shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says Jehovah of hosts. 12And all nations shall call you blessed, for ye shall be a delightful land, says Jehovah of hosts. 13Your words have been stout against me, says Jehovah. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee? 14Ye have said, It is vain to serve God, and what profit is it that we have kept his charge, and that we have walked mournfully before Jehovah of hosts? 15And now we call the proud happy. Yea, those who work wickedness are built up. Yea, they challenge God, and escape. 16Then those who feared Jehovah spoke one with another, and Jehovah hearkened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who feared Jehovah, and who thought upon his name. 17And they shall be mine, says Jehovah of hosts, my own possession, in the day that I make. And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. 18Then ye shall return and discern between the righteous man and the wicked man, between him who serves God and him who does not serve him.
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