1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap;3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
68"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,71that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,77to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.78By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."