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THE BOOK OF

MALACHI
CHAPTER 1 mals in sacrifice, is that no
1 The oracle of the word of evil? And when you offer
the LORD to Israel by those that are lame or sick, is
Mal'achi. that no evil? Present that to
2 "I have loved you," says your governor; will he be
the LORD. But you say, "How pleased with you or show you
hast thou loved us?" "Is not favor? says the LORD of
Esau Jacob's brother?" says hosts.
the LORD. "Yet I have loved 9 And now entreat the favor
Jacob of God, that he may be gra-
3 but I have hated Esau; I cious to us. With such a gift
have laid waste his hill coun- from your hand, will he show
try and left his heritage to favor to any of you? says the
jackals of the desert." LORD of hosts.
4 If Edom says, "We are shat- 10 Oh, that there were one
tered but we will rebuild the among you who would shut
ruins," the LORD of hosts the doors, that you might not
says, "They may build, but I kindle fire upon my altar in
will tear down, till they are vain! I have no pleasure in
called the wicked country, the you, says the LORD of hosts,
people with whom the LORD is and I will not accept an offer-
angry for ever." ing from your hand.
5 Your own eyes shall see 11 For from the rising of the
this, and you shall say, "Great sun to its setting my name is
is the LORD, beyond the bor- great among the nations, and
der of Israel!" in every place incense is of-
6 "A son honors his father, fered to my name, and a pure
and a servant his master. If offering; for my name is great
then I am a father, where is among the nations, says the
my honor? And if I am a mas - LORD of hosts.
ter, where is my fear? says 12 But you profane it when
the LORD of hosts to you, O you say that the LORD's table
priests, who despise my is polluted, and the food for it
name. You say, `How have we may be despised.
despised thy name?' 13 `What a weariness this
7 By offering polluted food is,' you say, and you sniff at
upon my altar. And you say, me, says the LORD of hosts.
`How have we polluted it?' By You bring what has been tak-
thinking that the LORD's table en by violence or is lame or
may be despised. sick, and this you bring as
8 When you offer blind ani- your offering! Shall I accept

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that from your hand? says the men should seek instruction
LORD. from his mouth, for he is the
14 Cursed be the cheat who messenger of the LORD of
has a male in his flock, and hosts.
vows it, and yet sacrifices to 8 But you have turned aside
the Lord what is blemished; from the way; you have
for I am a great King, says the caused many to stumble by
LORD of hosts, and my name your instruction; you have
is feared among the nations. corrupted the covenant of
Levi, says the LORD of hosts,
CHAPTER 2 9 and so I make you despised
1 "And now, O priests, this and abased before all the
command is for you. people, inasmuch as you have
2 If you will not listen, if you not kept my ways but have
will not lay it to heart to give shown partiality in your in-
glory to my name, says the struction."
LORD of hosts, then I will 10 Have we not all one fa-
send the curse upon you and I ther? Has not one God creat-
will curse your blessings; in- ed us? Why then are we faith-
deed I have already cursed less to one another, profaning
them, because you do not lay the covenant of our fathers?
it to heart. 11 Judah has been faithless,
3 Behold, I will rebuke your and abomination has been
offspring, and spread dung committed in Israel and in
upon your faces, the dung of Jerusalem; for Judah has pro-
your offerings, and I will put faned the sanctuary of the
you out of my presence. LORD, which he loves, and
4 So shall you know that I has married the daughter of a
have sent this command to foreign god.
you, that my covenant with 12 May the LORD cut off
Levi may hold, says the LORD from the tents of Jacob, for
of hosts. the man who does this, any to
5 My covenant with him was witness or answer, or to bring
a covenant of life and peace, an offering to the LORD of
and I gave them to him, that hosts!
he might fear; and he feared 13 And this again you do.
me, he stood in awe of my You cover the LORD's altar
name. with tears, with weeping and
6 True instruction was in his groaning because he no
mouth, and no wrong was longer regards the offering or
found on his lips. He walked accepts it with favor at your
with me in peace and upright- hand.
ness, and he turned many 14 You ask, "Why does he
from iniquity. not?" Because the LORD was
7 For the lips of a priest witness to the covenant be-
should guard knowledge, and tween you and the wife of

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your youth, to whom you have till they present right offer-
been faithless, though she is ings to the LORD.
your companion and your wife 4 Then the offering of Judah
by covenant. and Jerusalem will be pleasing
15 Has not the one God to the LORD as in the days of
made and sustained for us old and as in former years.
the spirit of life? And what 5 "Then I will draw near to
does he desire? Godly off- you for judgment; I will be a
spring. So take heed to your- swift witness against the sor-
selves, and let none be faith- cerers, against the adulterers,
less to the wife of his youth. against those who swear
16 "For I hate divorce, says falsely, against those who op-
the LORD the God of Israel, press the hireling in his
and covering one's garment wages, the widow and the or-
with violence, says the LORD phan, against those who
of hosts. So take heed to thrust aside the sojourner,
yourselves and do not be and do not fear me, says the
faithless." LORD of hosts.
17 You have wearied the 6 "For I the LORD do not
LORD with your words. Yet change; therefore you, O sons
you say, "How have we wea- of Jacob, are not consumed.
ried him?" By saying, "Every 7 From the days of your fa-
one who does evil is good in thers you have turned aside
the sight of the LORD, and he from my statutes and have
delights in them." Or by ask- not kept them. Return to me,
ing, "Where is the God of jus- and I will return to you, says
tice?" the LORD of hosts. But you
say, `How shall we return?'
CHAPTER 3 8 Will man rob God? Yet you
1 "Behold, I send my mes- are robbing me. But you say,
senger to prepare the way be- `How are we robbing thee?' In
fore me, and the Lord whom your tithes and offerings.
you seek will suddenly come 9 You are cursed with a
to his temple; the messenger curse, for you are robbing me;
of the covenant in whom you the whole nation of you.
delight, behold, he is coming, 10 Bring the full tithes into
says the LORD of hosts. the storehouse, that there
2 But who can endure the may be food in my house; and
day of his coming, and who thereby put me to the test,
can stand when he appears? says the LORD of hosts, if I
"For he is like a refiner's fire will not open the windows of
and like fullers' soap; heaven for you and pour
3 he will sit as a refiner and down for you an overflowing
purifier of silver, and he will blessing.
purify the sons of Levi and re - 11 I will rebuke the devourer
fine them like gold and silver, for you, so that it will not de-

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stroy the fruits of your soil; when all the arrogant and all
and your vine in the field evildoers will be stubble; the
shall not fail to bear, says the day that comes shall burn
LORD of hosts. them up, says the LORD of
12 Then all nations will call hosts, so that it will leave
you blessed, for you will be a them neither root nor branch.
land of delight, says the LORD 2 But for you who fear my
of hosts. name the sun of righteous-
13 "Your words have been ness shall rise, with healing in
stout against me, says the its wings. You shall go forth
LORD. Yet you say, `How have leaping like calves from the
we spoken against thee?' stall.
14 You have said, `It is vain 3 And you shall tread down
to serve God. What is the the wicked, for they will be
good of our keeping his ashes under the soles of your
charge or of walking as in feet, on the day when I act,
mourning before the LORD of says the LORD of hosts.
hosts? 4 "Remember the law of my
15 Henceforth we deem the servant Moses, the statutes
arrogant blessed; evildoers and ordinances that I com-
not only prosper but when manded him at Horeb for all
they put God to the test they Israel.
escape.'" 5 "Behold, I will send you
16 Then those who feared Eli'jah the prophet before the
the LORD spoke with one an- great and terrible day of the
other; the LORD heeded and LORD comes.
heard them, and a book of re- 6 And he will turn the hearts
membrance was written be- of fathers to their children
fore him of those who feared and the hearts of children to
the LORD and thought on his their fathers, lest I come and
name. smite the land with a curse."
17 "They shall be mine, says
the LORD of hosts, my special
possession on the day when I
act, and I will spare them as a
man spares his son who
serves him.
18 Then once more you shall
distinguish between the right-
eous and the wicked, between
one who serves God and one
who does not serve him.

CHAPTER 4
1 "For behold, the day
comes, burning like an oven,