The Faithful Remnant

16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard.(A) A scroll(B) of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared(C) the Lord and honored his name.

17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my(D) treasured possession.(E) I will spare(F) them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son(G) who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous(H) and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.(I)

Judgment and Covenant Renewal

[a]“Surely the day is coming;(J) it will burn like a furnace.(K) All the arrogant(L) and every evildoer will be stubble,(M) and the day that is coming will set them on fire,(N)” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch(O) will be left to them. But for you who revere my name,(P) the sun of righteousness(Q) will rise with healing(R) in its rays. And you will go out and frolic(S) like well-fed calves. Then you will trample(T) on the wicked; they will be ashes(U) under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.


  1. Malachi 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-6 is numbered 3:19-24.

20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”(A)

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All inhabitants of the earth(A) will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life,(B) the Lamb(C) who was slain from the creation of the world.[a](D)

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  1. Revelation 13:8 Or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain

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