Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away1 from my decrees and have not kept them. Return2 to me, and I will return to you,"3 says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask,4 'How are we to return?'
"Will a man rob5 God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes6 and offerings.
You are under a curse7--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me.
Bring the whole tithe8 into the storehouse,9 that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates10 of heaven and pour out11 so much blessing12 that you will not have room enough for it.1311
I will prevent pests from devouring14 your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,15" says the LORD Almighty.
"Then all the nations will call you blessed,16 for yours will be a delightful land,"17 says the LORD Almighty.18