The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi
Behold, I will send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me
And I hated Esau, *Romans 9:13 and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
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.'
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?'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, 'Wherein have we wearied [Him]?' When 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 judgment?'
Behold, I will send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me, *Matthew 11:10, *Mark 1:2, *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.
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.
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.
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?'
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.
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
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.