Robbing God

“For (A)I the Lord do not change; (B)therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (C)From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. (D)Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. (E)But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. (F)But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ (G)In your tithes and contributions. (H)You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 (I)Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby (J)put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open (K)the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke (L)the devourer[a] for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then (M)all nations will call you blessed, for you will be (N)a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 3:11 Probably a name for some crop-destroying pest or pests

“For I am the Lord, (A)I do not change;
(B)Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yet from the days of (C)your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
(D)Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
(E)“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’

Do Not Rob God

“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
(F)In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
10 (G)Bring all the tithes into the (H)storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the (I)windows of heaven
And (J)pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

11 “And I will rebuke (K)the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;
12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be (L)a delightful land,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

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