1 This is the oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi:
2 "I have loved you, says the LORD. Yet you say, 'In what way have you loved us?' Was not Esau, Jacob's brother? Says the LORD; yet I loved Jacob,
3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the jackals of the wilderness.
4 Even though Edom [Esau] says, 'We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places,' thus says the LORD of hosts: They will build, but I will throw down; and men shall call them the Wicked Territory, and the people against whom the LORD has indignation forever.
5 And your eyes shall see and you shall say, 'The LORD will be magnified beyond the border of Israel.'
6 A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my reverent fear? Says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. And you ask, 'How have we despised your name?'
7 By offering polluted bread upon my altar. And you ask, 'How have we defiled you?' In that you say, 'The table of the LORD is contemptible.'
8 If you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer these to your governor. Will he be pleased with you or accept you favorably? Says the LORD of hosts.
9 And now, I beg you priests, entreat God that he will be gracious to us. With this being offered by your hand will he regard you favorably? says the LORD of hosts.
10 Who is there among you who would shut the doors so that you could pretend to kindle a fire on my altar. I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, nor will I accept an offering from your hand.
11 For from the rising of the sun till its going down my name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense and a pure offering shall be offered to my name; for my name shall be great among the heathen, says the LORD of hosts.
12 But you have defiled it, in that you say, 'The table of the LORD is defiled, and the fruit of it, its food, is contemptible.'
13 You also say, 'Behold, what a weariness is it!' and you have sniffed at it, says the LORD of hosts. And you brought that which was torn and lame and sick; this you brought as an offering! Should I accept this from your hand? Says the LORD.
14 But cursed is the deceiver who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished thing to the LORD! For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name is terrible among the heathen."
1 "And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.
2 If you will not hear and if you will not take it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yes, I have cursed them already because you do not lay it to heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung of your solemn feasts upon your faces, and you will be taken away with it.
4 And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, to be my covenant with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
5 My covenant with him was of life and peace, and I gave them to him because of the reverent fear with which he feared me, and because he was in awe before my name.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked with me in peace and equity and turned many away from iniquity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law and instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
8 But you have departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at your instruction of the law; you have corrupted the covenant with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
9 Therefore I have made you contemptible and base before all the people, since you have not kept my ways, but have shown partiality in the instruction of the law."
10 Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why then do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has desecrated the holy sanctuary of the LORD which he loves, and has married the daughter of a strange god.
12 The LORD will cut off the man who does this from the tents of Jacob, the master and the pupil, and he who offers an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13 And this you have done also: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with crying out, because he does nor regard your offering any more or receive it with good will from your hand.
14 Yet you say, "Why does he not receive it?" Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously. Yet is she your companion and the wife of your covenant.
15 And did not he make you one [flesh], having a remnant of the spirit? And why one? Because he was seeking a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, says: "I hate divorce and one who covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied him?" When you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD and he delights in them;" or, "Where is the God of justice?"
1 "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the LORD, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; even the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he will come," says the LORD of hosts.
2 But 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;
3 And he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old and as in former years.
5 "Then I will come near to you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, against false swearers, and against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless and the wage earner, and those who turn aside the stranger from his right, and who do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
6 For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of your forefathers you have turned away from my ordinances and have not kept them. Return to me and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, 'How shall we return?'
8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In tithes and offerings.
9 You are cursed with the curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house. Test me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, and see if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing on you that there will not be enough room to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes and he will not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop her fruit before the time in the field, says the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of hosts.
13 Your words have been harsh against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against you?'
14 You have said, 'It is useless to serve God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud blessed; yes, those who work wickedness are exalted; yes, those who test and tempt God go free.'"
16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke often with one another; and the LORD listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and who meditate upon his name.
17 "And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
18 Then you shall again discern the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not serve him.
1 "For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, yes, and all who do wickedly, will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who fear my name, the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings, and you shall go forth and leap and skip like calves released from the stall.
3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I do this, says the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember the law of Moses, my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, or else I will come and strike the earth with a curse."