The People Complain Harshly

13 “Your(A) words have been [a]harsh against Me,”
Says the Lord,
“Yet you say,
‘What have we spoken against You?’
14 (B)You have said,
‘It is useless to serve God;
What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
And that we have walked as mourners
Before the Lord of hosts?
15 So now (C)we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are [b]raised up;
They even (D)tempt God and go free.’ ”

A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those (E)who feared the Lord (F)spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So (G)a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who [c]meditate on His name.

17 “They(H) shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My (I)jewels.[d]
And (J)I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 (K)Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.

The Great Day of God

“For behold, (L)the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all (M)the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be (N)stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will (O)leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who (P)fear My name
The (Q)Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
(R)You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,
Says the Lord of hosts.

“Remember the (S)Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With (T)the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you (U)Elijah the prophet
(V)Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And (W)he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and (X)strike the earth with (Y)a curse.”


  1. Malachi 3:13 Lit. strong
  2. Malachi 3:15 Lit. built
  3. Malachi 3:16 Or esteem
  4. Malachi 3:17 Lit. special treasure

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