"I will send my messenger,1 who will prepare the way before me.2 Then suddenly the Lord 3 you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant,4 whom you desire,5 will come," says the LORD Almighty.
"So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers,17 adulterers18 and perjurers,19 against those who defraud laborers of their wages,20 who oppress the widows21 and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners22 among you of justice, but do not fear23 me," says the LORD Almighty.
Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away26 from my decrees and have not kept them. Return27 to me, and I will return to you,"28 says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask,29 'How are we to return?'
Bring the whole tithe33 into the storehouse,34 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 floodgates35 of heaven and pour out36 so much blessing37 that there will not be room enough to store it.38
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard.53 A scroll54 of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared55 the LORD and honored his name.