Behold, aI will send my messenger, and he shall bprepare the way before me: cand the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, deven the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, ehe shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and fwho shall stand when he appeareth? for ghe is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And ihe 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 hoffer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
5 jAnd I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, kand against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
6 For I am the LORD, lI change not; mtherefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of oyour fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. nReturn unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? pIn tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 qBring ye all the tithes into rthe storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the swindows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke tthe devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be ua delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 vYe 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 And now wwe call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that xtempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they ythat feared the LORD zspake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth 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.
|3||h||1 Pet 2:5|
|5||j||1 The 1:7|
|m||1 Sam 15:29|
|r||1 Chr 26:20|
|1 Kin 18:3|
|1 Kin 18:12|