"1Behold, I am going to send2My amessenger, and he will b3clear the waybefore Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenlycome to His temple; cand the d4messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
"But who can 5endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a 6refiner'sfire and like efullers'soap.
"He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will 7purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may 8present to the LORDfofferings in righteousness.
"Then the goffering of Judah and Jerusalem will be 9pleasing to the LORD as in the 10days of old and as in formeryears.
"Then I will drawnear to you for judgment; and I will be a swiftwitness against the 11sorcerers and against the 12adulterers and against those who 13swearfalsely, and against those who oppress the 14wageearner in his wages, the 15widow and the horphan, and those who turnaside the i16alien and do not jfear Me," says the LORD of hosts.