The Purifier1 a “Behold, I am going to send b My ▼
▼ Or angelmessenger, and he will ▼
▼ Or prepare, e clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; ▼
▼ Or evenand the ▼
▼ Or angel, h messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “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’sfullers’ soap. 3 “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 offeringsofferings in righteousness. 4 “Then the ▼
▼ Or grain offeringoffering of Judah and Jerusalem will be p pleasing to the Lord as in the q days of old and as in former years. 5 “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 fatherlessorphan, and those who turn aside the ▼
▼ Or sojourner, y alien and do not ▼
▼ Or reverefear Me,” says the Lord of hosts. 6 “For ▼
▼ Or I am the Lord ; I do notI, the Lord, ab do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, ▼
▼ Or have not come to an endare not consumed. 7 “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 God8 “Will a man ▼
▼ Or defraudrob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In ag tithes and ▼
▼ Or heave offeringsofferings. 9 “You are ai cursed with a curse, for you are ▼
▼ Or defraudingrobbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 ak “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be ▼
▼ Lit preyfood 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 ruindestroy 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 strongarrogant 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 Remembrance16 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 makeprepare My ▼
▼ Or special treasure, bh own possession, and I will ▼
▼ Or have (has) compassion onspare 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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