Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the waybefore me: and the Lord, whom ye seek , shall suddenlycome to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come , saith the LORD of hosts.2
But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner'sfire, and like fullers ' soap:3
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.4
Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in formerayears.5
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swiftwitness against the sorcerers , and against the adulterers , and against falseswearers , and against those that oppressb 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, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed .
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said , Wherein shall we return ?
Will a manrobGod? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say , Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.9
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.10Bring ye all the tithes into the 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 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 destroyc the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field,saith the LORD of hosts.