Of the messenger, majesty, and grace of Christ.
Malachi 3:1 Beholde, I will send my messenger, and he shal prepare the way before mee: and the Lord whom ye seeke, shall suddenly come to his Temple: euen ye messenger of the Couenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his comming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiners fire, and like fullers sope. Malachi 3:3 And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of siluer: and he shall purifie the sonnes of Leui, and purge them as gold & siluer, that they may offer vnto the LORD an offring in righteousnes. Malachi 3:4 Then shall the offerings of Iudah and Ierusalem bee pleasant vnto the LORD, as in the dayes of old, and as in former yeeres. Malachi 3:5 And I will come neere to you to iudgement, and I will bee a swift witnesse against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppresse the hireling in [his] wages, the widowe, and the fatherlesse, and that turne aside the stranger [from his right], and feare not me, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not: therefore ye sonnes of Iacob are not consumed.
Of the rebellion,
Malachi 3:7 Euen from the dayes of your fathers yee are gone away from mine ordinances, and haue not kept [them]: returne vnto me, and I will returne vnto you, saith the LORD of hosts: But ye said, Wherein shall we returne?
Malachi 3:8 Wil a man rob God? yet ye haue robbed me. But ye say, Wherein haue we robbed thee? In tithes & offerings. Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye haue robbed me, [euen] this whole nation. Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the store-house, that there may be meate in mine house, & proue me now herewith, saith the LORD of hostes, if I will not open you the windowes of heauen, and powre you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be roome] enough [to receiue it]. Malachi 3:11 And I wil rebuke the deuourer for your sakes: and he shal not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shal your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
and infidelity of the people.
Malachi 3:13 Your words haue bin stout against me, saith the LORD, yet ye say, What haue we spoken so much against thee? Malachi 3:14 Ye haue said, It [is] vaine to serue God: and what profit [is it], that we haue kept his ordinance, and that wee haue walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy: yea, they that worke wickednes are set vp, yea they that tempt God, are euen deliuered.
The promise of blessing to them that fear God.
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD, spake often one to another, and the LORD hearkened and heard [it], & a booke of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the LORD, & that thought vpon his name. Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make vp my iewels, and I wil spare them as a man spareth his owne sonne that serueth him. Malachi 3:18 Then shall yee returne and discerne betweene the righteous and the wicked, betweene him that serueth God, and him that serueth him not.