burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
I have loved you, says the LORD. Yet all of you say, Wherein
have you loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? says the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of
Edom says, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;
thus says the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they
shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD
has indignation for ever.
And your eyes shall see, and all of you shall say, The LORD
will be magnified from the border of Israel.
A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then
I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? says
the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And all of you say,
Wherein have we despised your name?
All of you offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and all
of you say, Wherein have we polluted you? In that all of you say, The table of
the LORD is contemptible.
And if all of you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not
evil? and if all of you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now
unto your governor; will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? says the
LORD of hosts.
now, I pray you, plead to God that he will be gracious unto us: this has been
by your means: will he regard your persons? says the LORD of hosts.
Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for
nothing? neither do all of you kindle fire on mine altar for nothing. I have no
pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at
from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall
be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto
my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, says
the LORD of hosts.
But all of you have profaned it, in that all of you say,
The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his food, is contemptible.
of you said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and all of you have snuffed
at it, says the LORD of hosts; and all of you brought that which was torn, and
the lame, and the sick; thus all of you brought an offering: should I accept this
of your hand? says the LORD.
But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male,
and vows, and sacrifices unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King,
says the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
And now, O all of you priests, this commandment is for you.
all of you will not hear, and if all of you will not lay it to heart, to give
glory unto my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you,
and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because all
of you do not lay it to heart.
Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your
faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
all of you shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant
might be with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them
to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
2:6 The law
of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with
me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should
seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
2:8 But all
of you are departed out of the way; all of you have caused many to stumble at
the law; all of you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as
all of you have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Have we not all one father? has not one God created us?
why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant
of our fathers?
has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem;
for Judah has profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and has married
the daughter of a strange god.
The LORD will cut off the man that does this, the master
and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offers an offering
unto the LORD of hosts.
And this have all of you done again, covering the altar
of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regards
not the offering any more, or receives it with good will at your hand.
all of you say, Wherefore? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the
wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously: yet is she your
companion, and the wife of your covenant.
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.
the LORD, the God of Israel, says that he hates putting away: for one covers violence
with his garment, says the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit,
that all of you deal not treacherously.
All of you have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet all
of you say, Wherein have we wearied him? When all of you say, Every one that does
evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them; or, Where is the
God of judgment?
I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD,
whom all of you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of
the covenant, whom all of you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the LORD
who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for
he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
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.
Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant
unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a
swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false
swearers, and against those that oppress the worker in his wages, the widow, and
the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not
me, says the LORD of hosts.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore all of you sons
of Jacob are not consumed.
Even from the days of your fathers all of you are gone away
from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return
unto you, says the LORD of hosts. But all of you said, Wherein shall we return?
a man rob God? Yet all of you have robbed me. But all of you say, Wherein have
we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.
All of you are cursed with a curse: for all of you have
robbed me, even this whole nation.
Bring all of you all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be food in mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that
there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the 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, says the LORD of hosts.
And all nations shall call you blessed: for all of you shall
be a delightsome land, says the LORD of hosts.
Your words have been stout against me, says the LORD. Yet
all of you say, What have we spoken so much against you?
All of you 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?
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness
are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
Then they that feared the LORD spoke 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.
And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that
day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son
that serves him.
shall all of you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between
him that serves God and him that serves him not.
For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven;
and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day
that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them
neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings; and all of you shall go forth, and grow up as
calves of the stall.
And all of you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall
be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the
LORD of hosts.
all of you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for
all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming
of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth
with a curse.