Malachi 2

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The Book of Malachi

Chapter 3

1

Behold, I will send6 my messenger, and he shall prepare14 the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek,18 shall suddenly come4 to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come,1 saith1 the LORD of hosts.

2

But who may abide47 the day of his coming?2 and who shall stand6 when he appeareth?9 for he [is] like a refiner's18 fire, and like fullers'18 soap:

3

And he shall sit1 [as] a refiner18 and purifier18 of silver: and he shall purify14 the sons of Levi, and purge14 them as gold and silver, that they may offer56 unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

4

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant1 unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

5

And I will come near1 to you to judgment; and I will be a swift18 witness against the sorcerers,18 and against the adulterers,18 and against false swearers,12 and against those that oppress6 the hireling in [his] wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside56 the stranger [from his right], and fear1 not me, saith1 the LORD of hosts.

6

For I [am] the LORD, I change1 not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.1

7

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away1 from mine ordinances, and have not kept1 [them]. Return3 unto me, and I will return4 unto you, saith1 the LORD of hosts. But ye said,1 Wherein shall we return?4

8

Will a man rob4 God? Yet ye have robbed6 me. But ye say,1 Wherein have we robbed1 thee? In tithes and offerings.

9

Ye [are] cursed12 with a curse: for ye have robbed6 me, [even] this whole nation.

10

Bring54 ye all the tithes into the storehouse, 214 that there may be meat in mine house, and prove3 me now herewith, saith1 the LORD of hosts, if I will not open4 you the windows of heaven, and pour you out52 a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].

11

And I will rebuke1 the devourer6 for your sakes, and he shall not destroy55 the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time17 in the field, saith1 the LORD of hosts.

12

And all nations shall call you blessed:14 for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith1 the LORD of hosts.

13

Your words have been stout1 against me, saith1 the LORD. Yet ye say,1 What have we spoken8 [so much] against thee?

14

Ye have said,1 It [is] vain to serve2 God: and what profit [is it] that we have kept1 his ordinance, and that we have walked1 mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

15

And now we call the proud happy;18 yea, they that work6 wickedness are set up;8 yea, [they that] tempt1 God are even delivered.11

16

Then they that feared the LORD spake8 often one to another: and the LORD hearkened,55 and heard4 [it], and a book of remembrance was written11 before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought6 upon his name.

17

And they shall be mine, saith1 the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up6 my jewels; and I will spare1 them, as a man spareth4 his own son that serveth6 him.

18

Then shall ye return,1 and discern1 between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth6 God and him that serveth1 him not.

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