7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes 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?’
You Have Robbed God
8 “Will a man [a]rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and [b]offerings.9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are [c]robbing Me, the whole nation of you!10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be [d]food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until [e]it overflows.11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not [f]destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts.12 “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.
13 “Your words have been [g]arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts?15 So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’”
The Book of Remembrance
16 Then those who [h]feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lordgave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who [i]fear the Lord and who esteem His name.17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I [j]prepare My[k]own possession, and I will [l]spare them as a man [m]spares his own son who serves him.”18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
4 “[n]For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”2 “But for you who [o]fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day [p]which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.
4 “[q]Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.6 He will [r]restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a [s]curse.”
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