"I have loved you, the Lord says. Yet you say, 'Wherein have You loved us? [Was] Esau not Jacob's brother?' The Lord says, yet I loved Jacob,
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. [*Romans 9:13]
Whereas Edom says, 'We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;' the Lord of hosts thus says, 'They will build, but I will throw down; and they will call them, 'The border of wickedness,' and, 'The people against whom the Lord has indignation forever.'
And your eyes will see, and you will say, 'The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.'
A son honors [his] father, and a servant his master, if I then [am] a Father, where [is] My honor? And if I [am] a Master, where [is] My fear? The Lord of hosts says to you, O priests, who despise My name. And you say, 'Wherein have we despised Your name?'
You offer polluted bread upon My altar; and you say, 'Wherein have we polluted You?' In that you say, 'The table of the Lord [is] contemptible.'
And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not evil? And if you offer the lame and sick, [is it] not evil? Offer it now to your governor; will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? The Lord of hosts says.
And now, I pray you, beseech God that He will be gracious to us, this has been by your means, will He regard your persons? The Lord of hosts says.
Who [is there] even among you who would shut the doors [for nothing]? Neither do you kindle [fire] on My altar for nothing. I have no pleasure in you, the Lord of hosts says, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same, My name [will be] great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense [will be] offered to My name, and a pure offering, for My name [will be] great among the heathen, the Lord of hosts says.
But you have profaned it, in that you say, 'The table of the Lord [is] polluted; and the fruit thereof, [even] His meat, [is] contemptible.'
You said also, 'Behold, what a weariness [is it]!' And you have snuffed at it, the Lord of hosts says; and you brought [that which was] torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus you brought an offering, should I accept this of your hand? The Lord says.
But cursed [is] the deceiver, who has a male in his flock, and vows, and sacrifices a corrupt thing to the Lord, for I [am] a great King, the Lord of hosts says, and My name [is] dreadful among the heathen.
And now, O you priests, this commandment [is] for you.
If you will not hear, and if you will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory to My name, the Lord of hosts says, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings, indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay [it] to heart.
Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, [even] the dung of your solemn feasts; and [one] will take away with it.
And you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant might be with Levi, the Lord of hosts says.
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him [for] the fear whereby he feared Me, and was afraid before My name.
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 turned many away from iniquity.
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 hosts.
But you have departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, the Lord of hosts says.
Therefore I have also made you contemptible and low before all the people, accordingly as you have not kept My ways, but have been partial in the law.
Do we not all have one Father? Has one God not created us? Why do we deal treacherously, every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and has married the daughter of a strange god.
The Lord will cut off the man who does this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him who offers an offering to the Lord of hosts.
And you have done this again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He does not regard the offering anymore, nor receives [it] with good will at your hand.
Yet you say, 'Why?' Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, yet she [is] your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
And did He not make one? Yet He had the residue of the spirit. And why one? That He might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
For the Lord, the God of Israel, says that He hates putting away, for [one] covers violence with his garment, the Lord of hosts says, therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.
Behold, I will send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me [*Matthew 11:10, *Luke 7:27], and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in, behold, he will come, the Lord of hosts says.
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he [is] like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.
And he will sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer an offering to the Lord in righteousness.
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
And I will come near you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those who oppress the hireling in [his] wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who turn aside the stranger [from his right], and do not fear Me, the Lord of hosts says.
For I [am] the Lord, I do not change; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Even from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return to Me, and I will return to you, the Lord of hosts says. But you said, 'Wherein will we return?'
Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you say, 'Wherein have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
You [are] cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, [even] this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in My house, and prove Me now herewith, the Lord of hosts says, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing for you, that [there will] not [be room] enough [to receive it].
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he will not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither will your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, the Lord of hosts says.
And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightsome land, the Lord of hosts says.
Your words have been stout against Me, the Lord says. Yet you say, 'What have we spoken [so much] against You?'
You 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?'
Then those who feared the Lord spoke often to one another, and the Lord listened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord, and who thought upon His name. [*Revelation 20:15, *Shepherd of Hermas 51:9, *83:18 - 20]
And they will be Mine, the Lord of hosts says, in that Day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
Then You will return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.
For, behold, the Day comes, that will burn as an oven; and all the proud, and all who do wickedly, will be stubble, and the Day that comes will burn them up, the Lord of hosts says, that it will leave them neither root or branch.
But to you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings; and you will go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And you will tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the Day that I will do [this], the Lord of hosts says.