Malachi 2:10-4:6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Sin in the Family
10 “Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord [a]which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, may the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who presents [b]an offering to the Lord of hosts.
13 “This is [c]another thing you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the [d]offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 [e]But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And [f]what did that one do while he was seeking a godly [g]offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 For [h]I hate [i]divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and [j]him who covers his garment with [k]wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?”
3 “Behold, I am going to send My [l]messenger, and he will [m]clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; [n]and the [o]messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like [p]fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [q]offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the [r]offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the [s]orphan, and those who turn aside the [t]alien and do not [u]fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts. 6 “For [v]I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, [w]are not consumed.
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 [x]rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and [y]offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are [z]robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be [aa]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 [ab]it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not [ac]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 [ad]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 [ae]feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who [af]fear the Lord and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I [ag]prepare My [ah]own possession, and I will [ai]spare them as a man [aj]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 “[ak]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 [al]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 [am]which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.
4 “[an]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 [ao]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 [ap]curse.”
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