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1 Malachi romplaineth of IsrraeVs unkindnettn. G Of their irrcliyimtsncss, lu and profaneness.
THE burden of the word of the Lord to Israel t by Malachi.
2 »I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet b I loved Jacob,
3 And I hated Esau, and Maid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
4 Whereas Edom saith, We arc impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.
5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, dThe Lord will be magnified It from the border of Israel.
6 It A son ehonoureth his father, and a servant his master: 'if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. f And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
7 I Ye offer 'polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say,
I Wherein have we polluted thee?
In that ye say, 'The table of the Lord is contemptible.
8 And Mf ye oiler the blind tfor sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or 'accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.
9 And now, I pray you, beseech tGod that he will be gracious unto us: ""this hath been tby your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts.
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought/ "neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, "neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
11 For, pfrom the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great iamong the Gentiles; 'and in every place 8 incense sliall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: 'for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Loud of hosts.
12 *I But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, "The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it.' land ye have snuffed at It, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought thai which teas torn, and the lame, and the
Malachi sharply reproveth
the priests and the people.
sick; thus ye brought an offering: x should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord. 14 But cursed be rthe deceiver,
1 which hath in his flock a male, and vowcth, and sacrifice unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for 2I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
1 TTe sharply reproreth the priests for Mfl. leetinq their coretitint, 11 «w</ the people for idolatry, H for adultery, 17 and for infidelity.
AN D now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
2 aIf ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Loud of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
3 Behold, I will \ corrupt your seed, and tspread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and I one shall btake you away with it.
4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Loud of hosts.
5 c My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him ''far the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
6 e The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did 'turn many away from iniquity.
7 e For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: hfor he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye 'have caused many to I stumble at the law; *ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.
9 Therefore 'have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but It have been partial in the law.
10 "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created
us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11 1 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he I loved, 0 and hath married the daughter of a strange god.
12 The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, I the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, Pand him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts.
13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
14 t Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and ithe wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: ryet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
15 And 'did not he make one? Yet had he the I residue of the Spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek t'a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal I treacherously against the wife of his youth.
10 For "the Lord, the God of Israel, saith I that he hateth t putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
17 U * Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of j udgment.9
1 Of the tnewnaer, majesty, and grace of Christ. 7 Of the rebellion, 8 sacrilege, 13 and infidelity of the people. I(i The promise of blessing to them that/ear God.
BEIIOLD, *1 will send my messenger, and he shall b prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his tem
Before CHRIST | about wt.
Christ's forerunner and coming.
Promises to the righteous.
pie, c even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, dhe shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
2 But who may abide • the day of his comingV and 'who shall stand when he appeareth? for s he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And h he shall sit at a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may 'oiler unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4 Then * shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in I former years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, 1 and against false swearers, and against those that I oppress the hireling in /<is wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
o For I am the Lord, mI change not; "therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 1 Even from the days of °your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. r Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. iBut ve said, Wherein shall we return?
8 If Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? rIn tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 "Bring ye all the tithes into •the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the » windows of heaven, and t * pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourcr for your sakes, and he shall not t destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your
vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be "a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13 If a Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee V
14 bYe have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept this ordinance, and that we have walked t mournfully before the Lord of hosts V
15 And now c we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness tare set up; yea, they that ''tempt God are even delivered.
16 If Then they ' that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and s a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I makeup my I'jewels; and k I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that scrvcth him.
18 'Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that servcth God and him that serveth him not.
■ CHAPTER IV.
1 f7on"s judgment on the o-icked, 2 null his blessing on the good. 4 lie erhortelh to the study of the hot; 5 and telleth qj' Elijah's coming and office.
FOR, behold, Mhc day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all 'the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be 'stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall 1 leave them neither root nor branch.
2 If But unto you thate fear my name shall the 'Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3 e And ye shall tread down the wicked: for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in