Malachi 3 LEB

Yahweh’s Messenger is Coming

1 "Look! I [am] going to send my messenger,a and he will prepareb [the] way {before me}.c And the Lord whom you [are] seeking will come suddenly to his temple, and the messenger of the covenant, [in] whom you [are] taking pleasure--look!--[he is] about to come," says Yahweh of hosts.

References for Malachi 3:1

    • ’ 3:1 - Or "my angel"
    • “ 3:1 - Or "clear"
    • ” 3:1 - Literally "before my face"
      2 And who [can] endure the day of his coming? And who [is] the one who can stand {when he appears}?d For he [is] like a refiner's fire, like launderers' alkali.e

      References for Malachi 3:2

        • • 3:2 - Literally "at his appearing"
        • – 3:2 - Or "lye," or "soap"
          3 He will sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the children of Levi, and he will refine them like gold and like silver, and they will present to Yahweh offeringsf in righteousness.

          References for Malachi 3:3

            • — 3:3 - Hebrew "offering"
              4 And the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Yahweh, like [in the] days of old and like [in] former years.
              5 "Then I will approach you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers, and against those who swear {falsely},g and against the oppressors of [the] hired worker [with his] wages, [the] widow and [the] orphan, and {the abusers of}h [the] alien,i and [yet] do not fear me," says Yahweh of hosts.

              References for Malachi 3:5

                • ˜ 3:5 - Literally "as far as the falseness"
                • ™ 3:5 - Literally "[those] pushing aside"
                • š 3:5 - Or "sojourner"

                  An Overflowing Blessing

                  6 "For I, Yahweh, have not changed,j and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished.k

                  References for Malachi 3:6

                    • › 3:6 - Or "I do not change"
                    • œ 3:6 - Or "are not destroyed"
                      7 From the days of your ancestorsl you have turned aside from my rules, and have not keptm [them]! Return to me and I will return to you," says Yahweh of hosts, "but you say, 'How shall we return?'

                      References for Malachi 3:7

                        •  3:7 - Or "fathers"
                        • ž 3:7 - Or "observed"
                          8 Will a human [dare to] rob God? Yet you [are] robbing me! And you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In the tithes and the contributions!
                          9 You [are] being cursed with [a] curse, for you [are] robbing me, the whole nation [of you]!
                          10 Bring the whole tithe to {the storehouse},n so that there will be food in my house, and test me please in this," says Yahweh of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour forth for you {an overflowing blessing}.o

                          References for Malachi 3:10

                            • Ÿ 3:10 - Hebrew "the house of the treasure"
                            •   3:10 - Literally, "a blessing up to not enough"
                              11 I will rebuke the devourerp for you; it will not destroy the fruit of your soil; your vine in the field will not be unfruitful," says Yahweh of hosts.

                              References for Malachi 3:11

                                • ¡ 3:11 - NRSV, JPS interpret this word as "locust"
                                  12 "And all the nations will call you blessed, because you will be {a land in which one takes joy},"q says Yahweh of hosts.

                                  References for Malachi 3:12

                                    • ¢ 3:12 - Literally "a land of desire"
                                      13 "Your words have been harshr against me," says Yahweh. "But you say, 'How have we spoken together against you?'

                                      References for Malachi 3:13

                                        • £ 3:13 - Hebrew "strong"
                                          14 You have said, '[It is] uselesss to serve God! What [is the] gain if we keept his requirements, and if we walk as mourners {before}u Yahweh of hosts?

                                          References for Malachi 3:14

                                            • ¤ 3:14 - Or "vain"
                                            • ¥ 3:14 - Or "observe"
                                            • ¦ 3:14 - Literally "from the face of"
                                              15 And now we [are] calling [the] arrogant blessed! Not only do those who do wickedness prosper; they also test God and they escape!'"

                                              A Book of Remembrance is Written

                                              16 Then those who reveredv Yahweh spoke {with one another}.w And Yahweh listened attentivelyx and heard, and a scroll of remembrance was written {before him}y of those who reverez Yahweh and ponder his name.

                                              References for Malachi 3:16

                                                • § 3:16 - Or "fear"
                                                • ¨ 3:16 - Literally "each with his friend/companion"
                                                • © 3:16 - Or "gave heed"
                                                • ª 3:16 - Literally "to the face of him"
                                                • « 3:16 - Or "fear"
                                                  17 "They will be mine," says Yahweh of hosts, "on the day that I [am] acting, [my] treasured possession. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
                                                  18 You will return and see [the difference] between [the] righteous and [the] wicked, between [the one who] serves God and the one who does not serve him.