17 You have (A)wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “(B)Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He (C)delights in them,” or, “(D)Where is the God of (E)justice?”

The Purifier

(F)Behold, I am sending (G)My [a]messenger, and he will (H)clear a way before Me. And the Lord, whom you are seeking, will suddenly come to His temple; [b]and the [c](I)messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of armies. “But who can (J)endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a (K)refiner’s fire, and like launderer’s soap. And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will (L)purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may (M)present to the Lord [d]offerings in righteousness. Then the [e]offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be (N)pleasing to the Lord as in the (O)days of old, and as in former years.

“Then I will come near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the (P)sorcerers, the (Q)adulterers, against those who (R)swear falsely, those who [f]oppress the (S)wage earner in his wages or the (T)widow or the [g]orphan, and those who turn away the (U)stranger from justice and do not [h]fear Me,” says the Lord of armies. “For [i]I, the Lord, (V)do not change; therefore you, the sons of Jacob, have not come to an end.

Footnotes

  1. Malachi 3:1 Or angel
  2. Malachi 3:1 Or that is, the
  3. Malachi 3:1 Or angel
  4. Malachi 3:3 Or grain offerings
  5. Malachi 3:4 Or grain offering
  6. Malachi 3:5 Or exploit
  7. Malachi 3:5 Or fatherless
  8. Malachi 3:5 Or revere
  9. Malachi 3:6 Or I am the Lord; I do not