Malachi 3:6-18 (English Standard Version)

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Robbing God

6 "For 1I the LORD do not change; 2therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 3From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. 4Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. 5But you say, 'How shall we return?' 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. 6But you say, 'How have we robbed you?'7In your tithes and contributions. 9 8You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 9Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby 10put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open 11the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke 12the devourera for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts. 12 Then 13all nations will call you blessed, for you will be 14a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts. 13 15"Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. 16But you say, 'How have we spoken against you?' 14 You have said, 17'It is vain to serve God. 18What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call 19the arrogant blessed. 20Evildoers not only prosper but 21they put God to the test and they escape.'"

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the LORD22 spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and 23a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. 17 "They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, 24in the day when I make up 25my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall 26see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
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