12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
    he is feared by the kings of the earth.

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The earth dries up(A) and withers,(B)
    the world languishes and withers,
    the heavens(C) languish with the earth.(D)

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21 In that day(A) the Lord will punish(B)
    the powers(C) in the heavens above
    and the kings(D) on the earth below.

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11 Your gates(A) will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations(B)
    their kings(C) led in triumphal procession.

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Judgment and Covenant Renewal

[a]“Surely the day is coming;(A) it will burn like a furnace.(B) All the arrogant(C) and every evildoer will be stubble,(D) and the day that is coming will set them on fire,(E)” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch(F) will be left to them.

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Footnotes

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