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That’s why your whole nation is under a curse. 10 I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.[a] 11 I will also stop locusts[b] from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing.

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Footnotes

  1. 3.10 open the windows. . . blessing: This may refer to rain, since there seems to have been a terrible drought at this time.
  2. 3.11 locusts: A kind of grasshopper that comes in swarms and causes great damage to plant life.

You are under a curse(A)—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe(B) into the storehouse,(C) that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates(D) of heaven and pour out(E) so much blessing(F) that there will not be room enough to store it.(G) 11 I will prevent pests from devouring(H) your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,(I)” says the Lord Almighty.

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