The Book of Malachi
The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by
2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein
hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I
3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his
heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will
return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They
shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border
of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for
5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will
be magnified from the border of Israel.
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if
then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is
my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my
name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say,
Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is
8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil?
and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy
governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the
LORD of hosts.
9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be
gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your
persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors
for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no
pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an
offering at your hand.
11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down
of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place
incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name
shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of
the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is
13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye
have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was
torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I
accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a
male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am
a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the
1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for
2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart,
to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a
curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them
already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon
your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you
away with it.
4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto
you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave
them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my
6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not
found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn
many away from iniquity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they
should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of
8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many
to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the
LORD of hosts.
9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base
before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have
been partial in the law.
10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created
us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by
profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is
committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness
of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange
12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the
master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that
offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the
LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he
regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at
14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been
witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast
dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy
15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the
spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take
heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of
16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth
putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD
of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not
17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say,
Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is
good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the
God of judgment?
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;
and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and
the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it
shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and
grow up as calves of the stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be
ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith
the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I
commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the
coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the
children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse.