"Will a man rob1 God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes2 and offerings.
You are under a curse3--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me.
Bring the whole tithe4 into the storehouse,5 that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates6 of heaven and pour out7 so much blessing8 that you will not have room enough for it.911
I will prevent pests from devouring10 your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,11" says the LORD Almighty.
"Then all the nations will call you blessed,12 for yours will be a delightful land,"13 says the LORD Almighty.1413
"You have said harsh things15 against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask,16 'What have we said against you?'
"You have said, 'It is futile17 to serve18 God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements19 and going about like mourners20 before the LORD Almighty?
But now we call the arrogant21 blessed. Certainly the evildoers22 prosper,23 and even those who challenge God escape.' "
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard.24 A scroll25 of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared26 the LORD and honored his name.
"They will be mine,27" says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession.a28 I will spare29 them, just as in compassion a man spares his son30 who serves him.
And you will again see the distinction between the righteous31 and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.32