Malachi 3

The Purifier

a Behold, I am going to send b My
Or angel
messenger, and he will
Or prepare
,
e clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;
Or even
and the
Or angel
,
h messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the  Lord of hosts.
But who can i endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a j refiner’s fire and like
Lit laundrymen’s
fullers’ soap.
He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will l purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may m present to the  Lord
Or grain offerings
offerings in righteousness.
“Then the
Or grain offering
offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be p pleasing to the  Lord as in the q days of old and as in former years.

Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the r sorcerers and against the s adulterers and against those who t swear falsely, and against those who oppress the u wage earner in his wages, the v widow and the
Or fatherless
orphan, and those who turn aside the
Or sojourner
,
y alien and do not
Or revere
fear Me,” says the  Lord of hosts.
“For
Or I am the  Lord ; I do not
I, the  Lord, ab do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob,
Or have not come to an end
are not consumed.

“From the ad days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. ae Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the  Lord of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

You Have Robbed God

Will a man
Or defraud
rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In ag tithes and
Or heave offerings
offerings.
“You are ai cursed with a curse, for you are
Or defrauding
robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
10  ak Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be
Lit prey
food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the  Lord of hosts, “if I will not am open for you the windows of heaven and an pour out for you a blessing until
Or there is not room enough
,
ap it overflows.
11 Then I will rebuke the aq devourer for you, so that it will not
Lit ruin
destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the  Lord of hosts.
12  as All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a at delightful land,” says the  Lord of hosts.

13 Your words have been
Lit strong
arrogant against Me,” says the  Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’
14 You have said, ‘It is av vain to serve God; and what aw profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the  Lord of hosts? 15 So now we ax call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and ay escape.’”

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who
Or revere(d)
feared the  Lord spoke to one another, and the  Lord ba gave attention and heard it, and a bb book of remembrance was written before Him for those who
Or revere(d)
fear the  Lord and who esteem His name.
17 “They will be bd Mine,” says the  Lord of hosts, “on the be day that I
Lit make
prepare My
Or special treasure
,
bh own possession, and I will
Or have (has) compassion on
spare them as a man
Or have (has) compassion on
,
bk spares his own son who serves him.”
18 So you will again bl distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
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