The burden of the word of Jehovah to Israel by
Malachi. I have loved you, says Jehovah. Yet ye
say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother, says
Jehovah: yet I loved Jacob; but Esau I hated, and
made his mountains a desolation, and gave his heritage to the
jackals of the wilderness. Whereas Edom says, We
are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places; thus says
Jehovah of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and men shall
call them The border of wickedness, and The people against whom Jehovah
hath indignation for ever. And your eyes shall
see, and ye shall say, Jehovah be magnified beyond the border of Israel.
A son honoreth his father, and a servant his
master: if then I am a father, where is mine honor? and if I am a master,
where is my fear? says Jehovah of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise
my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. And ye
say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of Jehovah
is contemptible. And when ye offer the blind for
sacrifice, it is no evil! and when ye offer the lame and sick, it is no
evil! Present it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee? or
will he accept thy person? says Jehovah of hosts.
And now, I pray you, entreat the favor of God,
that he may be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he
accept any of your persons? says Jehovah of hosts.
Oh that there were one among you that would shut
the doors, that ye might not kindle fire on mine altar in vain! I
have no pleasure in you, says Jehovah of hosts, neither will I accept an
offering at your hand. For from the rising of
the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great
among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered
unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among
the Gentiles, says Jehovah of hosts. But ye
profane it, in that ye say, The table of Jehovah is polluted, and the
fruit thereof, even its food, is contemptible.
Ye say also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and
ye have snuffed at it, says Jehovah of hosts; and ye have brought that
which was taken by violence, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye bring the
offering: should I accept this at your hand? says Jehovah.
But cursed be the deceiver, who hath in his
flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a blemished thing;
for I am a great King, says Jehovah of hosts, and my name is terrible
among the Gentiles.
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for
you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay
it to heart, to give glory unto my name, says Jehovah of hosts, then will
I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have
cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Behold, I will rebuke your seed, and will spread
dung upon your faces, even the dung of your feasts; and ye shall be taken
away with it. And ye shall know that I have sent
this commandment unto you, that my covenant may be with Levi, says
Jehovah of hosts. My covenant was with him of
life and peace; and I gave them to him that he might fear; and he feared
me, and stood in awe of my name. The law of truth
was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips: he walked
with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many away from iniquity.
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and
they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of Jehovah
of hosts. But ye are turned aside out of the way;
ye have caused many to stumble in the law; ye have corrupted the covenant
of Levi, says Jehovah of hosts. Therefore have I
also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye
have not kept my ways, but have had respect of persons in the law.
Have we not all one father? hath not one God
created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother,
profaning the covenant of our fathers? Judah
hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in
Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of Jehovah which he
loves, and hath married the daughter of a foreign god.
Jehovah will cut off, to the man that doeth
this, him that waketh and him that answereth, out of the tents of Jacob,
and him that offereth an offering unto Jehovah of hosts.
And this again ye do: ye cover the altar of
Jehovah with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, insomuch that he
regardeth not the offering any more, neither receiveth it with good will
at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because
Jehovah hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against
whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the
wife of thy covenant. And did he not make one,
although he had the residue of the Spirit? And wherefore one? He sought a
godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal
treacherously against the wife of his youth. For
I hate putting away, says Jehovah, the God of Israel, and him that
covereth his garment with violence, says Jehovah of hosts: therefore take
heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
Ye have wearied Jehovah with your words. Yet ye
say, Wherein have we wearied him? In that ye say, Every one that doeth
evil is good in the sight of Jehovah, and he delighteth in them; or where
is the God of justice?
Behold, I send my messenger, and he shall prepare
the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his
temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye desire, behold, he
cometh, says Jehovah of hosts. But who can abide
the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is
like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap:
and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and
silver; and they shall offer unto Jehovah offerings in righteousness.
Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be
pleasant unto Jehovah, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I
will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers,
and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the
hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside
the sojourner from his right, and fear not me, says Jehovah of
hosts. For I, Jehovah, change not; therefore ye,
O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days
of your fathers ye have turned aside from mine ordinances, and have not
kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says Jehovah of
hosts. But ye say, Wherein shall we return? Will
a man rob God? yet ye rob me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In
tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with the
curse; for ye rob me, even this whole nation.
Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house,
that there may be food in my house, and prove me now herewith, says
Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive
it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your
sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall
your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says Jehovah of
hosts. And all nations shall call you happy; for
ye shall be a delightsome land, says Jehovah of hosts.
Your words have been stout against me, says
Jehovah. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God; and what
profit is it that we have kept his charge, and that we have walked
mournfully before Jehovah of hosts? And now we
call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea,
they tempt God, and escape. Then they that
feared Jehovah spake one with another; and Jehovah hearkened, and heard,
and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared
Jehovah, and that thought upon his name. And
they shall be mine, says Jehovah of hosts, even mine own
possession, in the day that I make; and I will spare them, as a man
spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall
ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him
that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
For, behold, the day cometh, it burneth as a
furnace; and all the proud, and all that work wickedness, shall be
stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, says Jehovah of
hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of
righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth, and
gambol as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread
down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in
the day that I make, says Jehovah of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I
commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before
the great and terrible day of Jehovah come. And
he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of
the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a
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