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1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you, saith the LORD;
Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us?
Was Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD;
Yet I have loved Jacob and I have hated Esau,
And I have turned his mountains into a wasteland,
And left his heritage to the dragons of the wilderness.
4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished,
But we will build the desolate places.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts,
They may build, but I will tear them down.
And they shall call them, The border of wickedness,
And, The people whom the LORD hath indignation forever.
5 Your eyes shall see it, and your ears shall hear of it, and ye shall say,
The LORD will be magnified even beyond the borders of Israel.
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master;
If then I be a father, where is mine honour?
And if I be master, Where is my fear,
Saith the LORD of hosts,
Unto you, O priests, that despise my name?
And ye say, Lord, wherein have we despised thy name?
7 Ye have offered polluted bread for a sacrifice unto me upon mine altar.
And ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? The table of the LORD is contemptible.
8 If ye have offered the blind for a sacrifice unto me, is that not evil?
And if ye have offered the lame and sick, is that not evil?
Yea, offer the same now unto thy governor;
Will he be pleased with thee,
Or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
9 And now, I pray you, beseech God, that he will be gracious unto us;
If ye also do this by your means, will he regard your persons? saith the LORD
10 Oh that that there were even one among you that would shut the doors,
That ye would not kindle a fire upon mine altar, for nought.
I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts,
Neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
11 For, from the rising of the sun,
Even unto the going down of the same,
My name shall be great among the nations;
In every place incense shall be offered in purity to my name;
My name shall be great among the nations, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is
And the fruit thereof, even his meat thereof, is contemptible.
13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness it is!
And ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts.
And ye brought that which was stolen, and the lame, and the sick;
This is how ye have brought your offering unto mine alter.
Should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
14 Cursed be the deceiver which hath in his flock an uncorrupt male,
But voweth and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing;
For I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts,
And my name is feared among the nations.
1 And now, O ye priests,
This commandment is given for you.
2 If ye will not hear, and will not lay it to heart,
To give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts,
I will even send a curse upon you, and curse your blessings:
Yea, I have cursed them already because ye do not lay it to heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces,
Even the dung of your festival sacrifices; and one shall take you away with
4 And then ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you,
That my covenant might remain with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
5 My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace;
I gave them to him for his fear,
Wherewith he feared me,
And was afraid before my name.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth,
An iniquity was not found on his lips.
He walked with me in peace and equity,
And he did turn many away from iniquity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge,
And they all should seek the law at his mouth;
For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
8 But ye are departed out of the way;
Ye have caused many to stumble at the law;
Ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people,
According as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
10 Have we not all one father? and hath not one God created all of us?
Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother,
By profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11 Judah hath dealt treacherously,
An abomination is committed in Jerusalem;
For Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD,
And hath married the daughter of a strange god.
12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this thing,
The master and scholar, out of the tabernacle of Jacob;
And him that offereth not an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
13 And this have ye done again: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears,
With weeping and crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any
Or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
14 And ye ask, Wherefore?
Because the LORD witnessed,
Between thee and the wife of thy youth,
Against whom thou hast dealt so treacherously;
Yet she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit.
And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away;
And he that covereth with violence for his garment, saith the LORD of hosts;
Therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
17 For ye have wearied the LORD with your words.
Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him?
When ye say, Everyone that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD,
And he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
And the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple,
Even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in.
Behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming?
Who shall stand when he appeareth?
For he is like a refiner's fire,
And like fullers' soap.
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;
And he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah, and Jerusalem,
Be pleasant unto the LORD,
As in days of old, in former years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment;
And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers,
And against the adulterers, and against false swearers;
And against all those that oppress the hireling in his wages,
And against all those that oppress the widow, and the fatherless;
And that turn aside the stranger from receiving his right,
And fear not me any more, saith the LORD of hosts.
6 For I am the LORD, your God, and I change not;
Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of your forefathers,
Ye are gone from mine ordinances,
And have not kept them.
Return unto me,
And I will return unto you,
Saith the LORD, God of hosts.
But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.
And ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse, for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the store-house, that there may be meat in
Prove me herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of
And pour you out such a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for you
to receive it.
11 I will rebuke the devourer for you,
and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;
Neither shall your vine cast forth its fruit before its time,
saith the LORD of hosts.
12 All nations shall call you blessed,
for your land shall be a delight, saith the LORD.
13 But your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD.
Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God;
And, What profit is it that we have kept his ordinance,
And that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
15 Now we call the proud happy; yea, and they that work wickedness are
Yea, and they that tempt God are even delivered from his hand.
16 But they that feared the LORD spake often,
And the LORD hearkened, and heard;
And a book of remembrance was written before him,
For them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
17 They shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my
And I will spare them, even as a man spareth his own son that will serve him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
Between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;
And all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall be stubble.
And the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts,
That it shall leave them with neither root nor branch upon their
2 Unto you that fear my name, shall the son of righteousness arise with
healing in his wings;
And ye shall go forth, and grow up like the sheltered calves of the stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked;
They shall be ashes under the soles of your feet,
In the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses, even the statutes and judgments,
Which I commanded unto him, my servant Moses, in Horeb, for all Israel.
5 Behold, I will reveal unto you the priesthood by the hand of Elijah the
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
6 And he shall plant in the hearts of the children,
The promises made to the fathers;
And the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.
If it were not so the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.