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Malachi 3 (Lexham English Bible)

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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. 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 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. 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.

An Overflowing Blessing

6 "For I, Yahweh, have not changed,j and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished.k 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?' 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 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. 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. 13 "Your words have been harshr against me," says Yahweh. "But you say, 'How have we spoken together against you?' 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? 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. 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.
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