The Purifier

1 "1Behold, I am going to send 2My messenger, and he will 3clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the 4messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
2 "But who can 5endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a 6refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will 7purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may 8present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.
4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be 9pleasing to the LORD as in the 10days of old and as in former years.
5 "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the 11sorcerers and against the 12adulterers and against those who 13swear falsely, and against those who oppress the 14wage earner in his wages, the 15widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the 16alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts.