Malachi 3

1 a  Behold, I send b  my messenger, and c  he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord d  whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and e  the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the  Lord of hosts. 2But f  who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For g  he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullerssoap. 3He will sit h  as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring i  offerings in righteousness to the  Lord.
Or and they will belong to the  Lord, bringers of an offering in righteousness
4 k  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the  Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

5“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be l  a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those m  who oppress the hired worker in his wages n  the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the  Lord of hosts.

Robbing God

6“For o  I the  Lord do not change; p  therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 q  From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. r  Return to me, and I will return to you, says the  Lord of hosts. s  But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 8Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. t  But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ u  In your tithes and contributions. 9 v  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 w  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby x  put me to the test, says the  Lord of hosts, if I will not open y  the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11I will rebuke z  the devourer
Probably a name for some crop-destroying pest or pests
for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the  Lord of hosts.
12Then ab  all nations will call you blessed, for you will be ac  a land of delight, says the  Lord of hosts.

13 ad  “Your words have been hard against me, says the  Lord. ae  But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14You have said, af  ‘It is vain to serve God. ag  What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the  Lord of hosts? 15And now we call ah  the arrogant blessed. ai  Evildoers not only prosper but aj  they put God to the test and they escape.’”

The Book of Remembrance

16Then those who feared the  Lord ak  spoke with one another. The  Lord paid attention and heard them, and al  a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the  Lord and esteemed his name. 17“They shall be mine, says the  Lord of hosts am  in the day when I make up an  my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18Then once more you shall ao  see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

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