1 ¶ The
burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by
I have loved you, saith the
LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's
saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
And I hated Esau, and laid his
mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Whereas Edom saith, We are
impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus
LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall
them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD
indignation for ever.
And your eyes shall see, and ye
shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.
¶ 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
that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Ye offer polluted bread upon
mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say,
table of the LORD is contemptible.
And if ye offer the blind for
sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not
offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept
person? saith the LORD of hosts.
And now, I pray you, beseech God
that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he
your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
Who is there even among you
that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine
for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither
accept an offering at your hand.
For from the rising of the sun
even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the
and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure
for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
But ye have profaned it, in
that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof,
meat, is contemptible.
Ye said also, Behold, what a
weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts;
brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye
offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
But cursed be the deceiver,
which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the
corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my
dreadful among the heathen.
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1 ¶ And
now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
If ye will not hear, and if ye
will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of
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.
Behold, I will corrupt your
seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn
one shall take you away with it.
And ye shall know that I have
sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi,
LORD of hosts.
My covenant was with him of life
and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me,
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
equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
For the priest's lips should
keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is
messenger of the LORD of hosts.
But ye are departed out of the
way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the
of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Therefore have I also made you
contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not
ways, but have been partial in the law.
¶ Have we not all one father?
hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man
brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Judah hath dealt treacherously,
and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah
profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the
of a strange god.
The LORD will cut off the man
that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of
and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
And this have ye done again,
covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with
insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it
will at your hand.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because
the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth,
thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife
And did not he make one? Yet
had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek
seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal
against the wife of his youth.
For the LORD, the God of
Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence
garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit,
deal not treacherously.
Ye have wearied the LORD with
your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every
that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in
or, Where is the God of judgment?
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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
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come,
LORD of hosts.
But who may abide the day of his
coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a
and like fullers' soap:
And he shall sit as a refiner
and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge
gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in
Then shall the offering of Judah
and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as
And I will come near to you to
judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and
adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress
hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn
stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
For I am the LORD, I change not;
therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
¶ Even from the days of your
fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.
unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye
Wherein shall we return?
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have
robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and
Ye are cursed with a curse: for
ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
And I will rebuke the devourer
for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;
shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the
And all nations shall call you
blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
¶ Your words have been stout
against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much
Ye have said, It is vain to
serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and
have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
And now we call the proud
happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt
Then they that feared the LORD
spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a
remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and
thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith
the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will
as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Then shall ye return, and
discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth
him that serveth him not.
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¶ For, behold, the day cometh,
that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do
shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the
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
wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
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
saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers
to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I
and smite the earth with a curse.