Yahweh’s Messenger is Coming

1 "Look! I [am] going to send my messenger, and he will prepare [the] way {before me}. 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

    • a 3:1 - Or "my angel"
    • b 3:1 - Or "clear"
    • c 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}? For he [is] like a refiner's fire, like launderers' alkali.

      References for Malachi 3:2

        • d 3:2 - Literally "at his appearing"
        • e 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 offerings in righteousness.

          References for Malachi 3:3

            • f 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}, and against the oppressors of [the] hired worker [with his] wages, [the] widow and [the] orphan, and {the abusers of} [the] alien, and [yet] do not fear me," says Yahweh of hosts.

              References for Malachi 3:5

                • g 3:5 - Literally "as far as the falseness"
                • h 3:5 - Literally "[those] pushing aside"
                • i 3:5 - Or "sojourner"

                  An Overflowing Blessing

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

                  References for Malachi 3:6

                    • j 3:6 - Or "I do not change"
                    • k 3:6 - Or "are not destroyed"
                      7 From the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my rules, and have not kept [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

                        • l 3:7 - Or "fathers"
                        • m 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}, 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}.

                          References for Malachi 3:10

                            • n 3:10 - Hebrew "the house of the treasure"
                            • o 3:10 - Literally, "a blessing up to not enough"
                              11 I will rebuke the devourer 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

                                • p 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}," says Yahweh of hosts.

                                  References for Malachi 3:12

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

                                      References for Malachi 3:13

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

                                          References for Malachi 3:14

                                            • s 3:14 - Or "vain"
                                            • t 3:14 - Or "observe"
                                            • u 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 revered Yahweh spoke {with one another}. And Yahweh listened attentively and heard, and a scroll of remembrance was written {before him} of those who revere Yahweh and ponder his name.

                                              References for Malachi 3:16

                                                • v 3:16 - Or "fear"
                                                • w 3:16 - Literally "each with his friend/companion"
                                                • x 3:16 - Or "gave heed"
                                                • y 3:16 - Literally "to the face of him"
                                                • z 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.