Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my laws and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How can we return when we have never gone away?'"
"Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!" But you ask, 'What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?'" You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me.
You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the LORD Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!
Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. a Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the LORD Almighty.
"Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight," says the LORD Almighty.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)