1'Look, I shal send my messenger to clear a way before me. And suddenly the Lord whom you seek wilcome to his Temple; yes, the angel of the covenant, for whom you long, is on his way, says Yahweh Sabaoth. 2Who will be able to resist the day of his coming? Who wil remain standing when he appears? For hewil be like a refiner's fire, like ful ers' alkali. 3He wil take his seat as refiner and purifier; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold andsilver, so that they can make the offering to Yahweh with uprightness. 4The offering of Judah and Jerusalem wil then be acceptable to Yahweh as in former days, as in theyears of old. 5I am coming to put you on trial and I shal be a ready witness against sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers,and against those who oppress the wage-earner, the widow and the orphan, and who rob the foreigner of hisrights and do not respect me, says Yahweh Sabaoth. 6'No; I, Yahweh, do not change; and you have not ceased to be children of Jacob! 7Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have evaded my statutes and not observed them. Return tome and I will return to you, says Yahweh Sabaoth. You ask, "How are we to return? 8Can a human being cheat God?" Yet you try to cheat me! You ask, "How do we try to cheat you?" Overtithes and contributions. 9A curse lies on you because you, this whole nation, try to cheat me. 10Bring the tithes in ful to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now like this,says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundantblessing for you. 11For your sakes, I shal forbid the locust to destroy the produce of your soil or prevent the vine frombearing fruit in your field, says Yahweh Sabaoth, 12and all the nations wil cal you blessed, for you wil be a land of delights, says Yahweh Sabaoth. 13'You have said harsh things about me, says Yahweh. And yet you say, "What have we said againstyou?" 14You have said, "It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walkingmournful y before Yahweh Sabaoth? 15In fact, we now cal the proud the happy ones; the evil-doers are the ones who prosper; they put Godto the test, yet come to no harm!" ' 16Then those who feared Yahweh talked to one another about this, and Yahweh took note and listened;and a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who feared him and kept his name inmind. 17'On the day when I act, says Yahweh Sabaoth, they will be my most prized possession, and I shalspare them in the way a man spares the son who serves him. 18Then once again you wil see the difference between the upright person and the wicked one, betweenthe one who serves God and the one who does not serve him. 19'For look, the Day is coming, glowing like a furnace. Al the proud and al the evil-doers wil be thestubble, and the Day, when it comes, wil set them ablaze, says Yahweh Sabaoth, leaving them neither root norbranch. 20But for you who fear my name, the Sun of justice wil rise with healing in his rays, and you wil comeout leaping like calves from the stal , 21and trample on the wicked, who will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,says Yahweh Sabaoth. 22'Remember the Law of my servant Moses to whom at Horeb I prescribed decrees and rulings for alIsrael. 23'Look, I shal send you the prophet Elijah before the great and awesome Day of Yahweh comes. 24He will reconcile parents to their children and children to their parents, to forestal my putting thecountry under the curse of destruction.'
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