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23 (A)Now I am sending to you
    Elijah[a] the prophet,
Before the day of the Lord comes,
    the great and terrible day;

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  1. 3:23 Elijah: taken up in a whirlwind, according to 2 Kgs 2:11. Here his return seems to be foretold. A Jewish tradition interpreted this literally; the gospels saw Elijah in the person of John the Baptist (Mt 11:13–14; 17:10–13; Mk 9:9–13).