NASB — Malachi 3 — KJV

The Purifier

1aBehold, I am going to send bMy Imessenger, and he will IIcclear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; IIIand the Idmessenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can aendure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a brefiner’s fire and like Ifullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will apurify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may bpresent to the LORD Iofferings in righteousness. 4 Then the Ioffering of Judah and Jerusalem will be apleasing to the LORD as in the bdays of old and as in former years.

[1] IOr angel IIOr prepare IIIOr even aMt 11:10, 14; Mk 1:2; Lk 1:76; 7:27 bHg 1:13; Jn 1:6, 7 cIs 40:3 dIs 63:9
[2] ILit laundrymen’s aIs 33:14; Ezk 22:14; Rv 6:17 bZc 13:9; Mt 3:10-12; 1Co 3:13-15
[3] IOr grain offerings aIs 1:25; Dn 12:10 bPs 4:5; 51:19
[4] IOr grain offering aPs 51:17-19 b2Ch 7:1-3, 12

5 ¶ “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the asorcerers and against the badulterers and against those who cswear falsely, and against those who oppress the dwage earner in his wages, the ewidow and the Iorphan, and those who turn aside the IIfalien and do not IIIfear Me,” says the LORD of hosts. 6 “For II, the LORD, ado not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, IIare not consumed.

[5] IOr fatherless IIOr sojourner IIIOr revere aDt 18:10; Jr 27:9, 10 bEzk 22:9-11 cJr 5:2; 7:9; Zc 5:4 dLv 19:13 eEx 22:22-24 fDt 27:19
[6] IOr I am the LORD; I do not IIOr have not come to an end aNu 23:19; Jm 1:17

7 ¶ “From the adays of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept [them]. bReturn to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

[7] aJr 7:25, 26; 16:11, 12 bZc 1:3

You Have Robbed God

8 ¶ “Will a man Irob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In atithes and IIofferings. 9 You are acursed with a curse, for you are Irobbing Me, the whole nation [of you]! 10 aBring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be Ifood in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not bopen for you the windows of heaven and cpour out for you a blessing until IIdit overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the adevourer for you, so that it will not Idestroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast [its grapes],” says the LORD of hosts. 12aAll the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a bdelightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.

[8] IOr defraud IIOr heave offerings aNe 13:11, 12
[9] IOr defrauding aMal 2:2
[10] ILit prey IIOr there is not room enough aLv 27:30; Nu 18:21-24; Dt 12:6; 14:22-29; Ne 13:12 bPs 78:23-29 cEzk 34:26 dLv 26:3-5
[11] ILit ruin aJol 1:4; 2:25
[12] aIs 61:9 bIs 62:4

13 ¶ “Your words have been Iarrogant against Me,” says the LORD. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is avain to serve God; and what bprofit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 So now we acall the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and bescape.’”

[13] ILit strong
[14] aJr 2:25; 18:12 bIs 58:3
[15] aIs 2:22; Mal 4:1 bJr 7:10

The Book of Remembrance

16 ¶ Then those who Ifeared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD agave attention and heard [it], and a bbook of remembrance was written before Him for those who Ifear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be aMine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the bday that I Iprepare [My] IIcown possession, and I will IIIspare them as a man IIIdspares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again adistinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

[16] IOr revere(d) aPs 34:15; Jr 31:18-20 bIs 4:3; Dn 12:1
[17] ILit make IIOr special treasure IIIOr have (has) compassion on aIs 43:1 bIs 4:2 cEx 19:5; Dt 7:6; Is 43:21; 1P 2:9 dPs 103:13
[18] aGn 18:25; Am 5:15


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Of the messenger, majesty, and grace of Christ.

1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3 And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in [his] wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger [from his right], and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

[1] Gn 48:15; Ex 23:20; Ps 110:1; Is 7:14; 9:6; 40:3; 63:9; Ho 12:3; Hg 2:7; Mal 2:7; 4:5; Mt 3:1; 11:10; 17:10; Mk 1:2; Lk 1:16, 76; 2:11, 21, 38, 46; 3:3; 7:19, 26; 19:47; Jn 1:6, 15, 33; 2:14; 3:28; Ac 7:38; 13:24; 19:4.
[2] Ps 2:7; Is 1:18; 4:4; Jr 2:22; Am 5:18; Zc 13:9; Mal 4:1; Mt 3:7, 10; 21:31; 23:13; 25:10; Mk 9:3; Lk 2:34; 3:9, 17; 7:23; 11:37, 52; 21:36; Jn 6:42; 8:41, 55; 9:39; 15:22; Ac 7:52; Ro 9:31; 11:5; 1Co 3:13; He 10:28; 12:25; 1P 2:7; Rv 1:5, 6; 2:23; 6:17; 7:14; 19:8.
[3] Ps 4:5; 50:14, 23; 66:10; 69:30; 107:21; 116:17; 141:1; Pv 17:3; 25:4; Is 1:25; 48:10; 61:6; 66:19; Jr 6:28; 33:18; Ezk 22:18; 44:15; Dn 12:10; Ho 14:2; Zc 13:9; Mal 1:6, 11; 2:1; Lk 3:16; Jn 4:23; Ro 12:1; 15:16; Ep 5:26; Php 2:17; 4:18; 2Ti 4:6; Tit 2:14; He 12:10; 13:15; 1P 1:7; 2:5, 9; 4:12; Rv 1:6; 3:18; 5:10.
[4] 1Ch 15:26; 16:1; 21:26; 29:20; 2Ch 1:6; 7:1, 10; 8:12; 29:31; 30:21; 31:20; Is 1:26; 56:7; Jr 2:2; 30:18; 31:23; Ezk 20:40; 43:26; Zc 8:3; 14:20.
[5] Gn 20:11; 42:18; Ex 1:17; 18:21; 22:21; Lv 19:13; 20:6, 10, 27; Dt 5:11, 17; 24:14, 17; 27:19; Ne 5:15; Ps 36:1; 50:3, 7; 81:8; 96:13; 98:9; Pv 8:13; 16:6; 22:22; 23:10; Jr 7:9; 22:13; 29:23; Ezk 22:6; 34:20; Mi 1:2; Zc 5:3; Mal 2:14, 17; Mt 23:14; Lk 23:40; Ro 3:8; 1Co 6:9; Ga 5:19; 1Th 4:6; He 10:30; 13:4; Jm 5:4, 8, 12; Jde 1:14; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[6] Gn 15:7, 18; 22:16; Ex 3:14; Nu 23:19; 1S 15:29; Ne 9:7; Ps 78:38, 57; 102:26; 103:17; 105:7; Is 40:28; 41:13; 42:5; 43:11; 44:6; 45:5; Jr 32:27; Lm 3:22; Ho 11:9; Ro 5:10; 8:28; 11:28; Php 1:6; 2Th 2:13; He 6:18; 13:8; Jm 1:17; Rv 1:8; 22:13.

Of the rebellion,

7 ¶ Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

[7] Lv 26:40; Dt 4:29; 9:7; 30:1; 31:20, 27; 1K 8:47; Ne 1:8; 9:16, 26, 28; Ps 78:8; Is 55:6; 65:2; Jr 3:12, 22; Ezk 18:30; 20:8, 13, 21, 28; Ho 14:1; Zc 1:3; Mal 1:6; 3:13; Mt 23:27; Lk 11:48; 15:16; Ac 7:51; Ro 7:9; 10:3, 21; Jm 4:8.

sacrilege,

8 ¶ Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

[8] Lv 5:15; 27:2; Nu 18:21; Jsh 7:11; Ne 13:4; Ps 29:2; Pv 3:9; Mal 1:8, 13; Mt 22:21; Mk 12:17; Lk 20:25; Ro 2:22; 13:7.
[9] Dt 28:15; Jsh 7:12; 22:20; Is 43:28; Hg 1:6; 2:14; Mal 2:2.
[10] Gn 7:11; Lv 26:10; Dt 28:12; 1K 17:13; 2K 7:2, 19; 1Ch 26:20; 2Ch 31:4, 10, 11; Ne 10:33, 38; 12:44, 47; 13:5, 10; Ps 37:3; Pv 3:9; Ec 11:3; Hg 2:19; Mt 6:33; Lk 5:6; 12:16; Jn 21:6; 2Co 9:6.
[11] Dt 11:14; Jr 8:13; Jol 1:7, 12; 2:20, 22; Am 4:9; 7:1; Hab 3:17; Hg 2:17; Zc 8:12.
[12] Dt 4:6; 8:7; 11:12; 2Ch 32:23; Ps 72:17; Is 61:9; Jr 33:9; Dn 8:9; 11:41; Zp 3:19; Zc 8:23; Lk 1:48.

and infidelity of the people.

13 ¶ Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken [so much] against thee? 14 Ye have said, It [is] vain to serve God: and what profit [is it] that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are even delivered.

[13] Ex 5:2; 2Ch 32:14; Jb 34:7; 40:8; Ps 10:11; Is 5:19; 28:14; 37:23; Jr 8:12; Mal 1:6; 2:14, 17; 3:8; Ro 9:20; 2Th 2:4.
[14] Jb 21:14; 22:17; 34:9; 35:3; Ps 73:8; Is 58:3; Jol 2:12; Zp 1:12; Zc 7:3; Jm 4:9.
[15] Nu 14:22; Es 5:10; Jb 12:6; 21:7, 30; 22:23; Ps 10:3; 49:18; 73:12; 78:18, 41, 56; 95:9; 106:14; Pv 12:12; Ec 9:1; Jr 12:1; Dn 4:30, 37; 5:20; 6:16; Hab 1:13; Mal 2:17; 4:1; Mt 4:6; Ac 5:9; 12:21; 1Co 10:9; He 3:9; 1P 5:5.

The promise of blessing to them that fear God.

16 ¶ Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

[16] Gn 22:12; Dt 6:6; 1S 23:16; 2S 7:1; 1K 18:3, 12; 2Ch 6:7; Es 2:23; 4:5; 6:1; Jb 19:23; 28:28; Ps 10:4; 16:3; 20:7; 33:18; 56:8; 66:16; 73:15; 94:19; 104:33; 111:10; 112:1; 119:63; 139:4; 147:11; Pv 13:20; Is 26:3, 8; 50:10; 65:6; Ezk 9:4; Dn 2:17; 7:10; Mal 3:5; 4:2; Mt 12:35; 18:19; Lk 2:38; 24:14; Jn 1:40; 12:20; Ac 1:13; 2:1; 4:23, 31; 9:31; 10:2; Ep 5:19; 1Th 5:11, 14; He 3:13; 4:12; 10:24; 12:15; Rv 15:4; 20:12.
[17] Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; 14:2; 26:17; Ne 13:22; Ps 103:8; 135:4; So 2:16; Is 26:20; 62:3; Jr 31:20, 33; 32:38; Ezk 16:8; 36:27; Zp 2:2; Zc 13:9; Mal 1:6; Mt 25:34; Jn 10:27; 17:9, 24; Ro 8:32; 1Co 3:22; 6:20; 15:23; 2Co 6:18; Ga 5:24; 2Th 1:7; Tit 2:14; 1P 1:13; 2:9; 1Jn 3:1; Rv 20:12.
[18] Gn 18:25; Jsh 24:15; Jb 6:29; 17:10; Ps 58:10; Is 3:10; Jr 12:15; Dn 3:17; 12:1; Jol 2:14; Zc 1:6; Mal 1:4; 3:14; Mt 25:46; Jn 12:26; Ac 16:17; 27:23; Ro 1:9; 2:5; 6:16; 1Th 1:9; 2Th 1:5.


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