1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
1:2 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved
us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? said the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for
the dragons of the wilderness.
1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build
the desolate places; thus said the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but
I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness,
and, The people against whom the LORD has indignation for ever.
1:5 And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, The LORD will be magnified
from the border of Israel.
1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father,
where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? said the LORD
of hosts to you, O priests, that despise my name. And you say, Wherein
have we despised your name?
1:7 You offer polluted bread on my altar; and you say, Wherein have we
polluted you? In that you say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
1:8 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? said the LORD of hosts.
1:9 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? said the LORD of hosts.
1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing?
neither do you kindle fire on my altar for nothing. I have no pleasure
in you, said the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your
1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same
my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall
be offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great
among the heathen, said the LORD of hosts.
1:12 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.
1:13 You said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and you have snuffed
at it, said the LORD of hosts; 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? said the LORD.
1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows,
and sacrifices to the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, said
the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
2:1 And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.
2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give
glory to my name, said the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse on you,
and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because
you do not lay it to heart.
2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung on your faces, even
the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
2:4 And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my
covenant might be with Levi, said the LORD of hosts.
2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him
for the fear with which he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
2:6 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 did turn many away from
2:7 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.
2:8 But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble
at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, said the LORD of hosts.
2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the
people, according as you have not kept my ways, but have been partial in
2:10 Have we not all one father? has not one God created us? why do we
deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant
of our fathers?
2:11 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.
2:12 The LORD will cut off the man that does this, the master and the scholar,
out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offers an offering to the
LORD of hosts.
2:13 And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with
tears, with weeping, and with crying out, so that he regards not the offering
any more, or receives it with good will at your hand.
2:14 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
is she your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he 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.
2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, said that he hates putting away:
for one covers violence with his garment, said the LORD of hosts: therefore
take heed to your spirit, that you deal not treacherously.
2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, Wherein have
we wearied him? When you say, Every one that does evil is good in the sight
of the LORD, and he delights in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before
me: and the LORD, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even
the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come,
said the LORD of hosts.
3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he
appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall
purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may
offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.
3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant to the LORD,
as in the days of old, and as in former years.
3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness
against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers,
and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and
the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear
not me, said the LORD of hosts.
3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not
3:7 Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from my ordinances,
and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, said the
LORD of hosts. But you said, Wherein shall we return?
3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein have
we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.
3:9 You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole
3:10 Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat
in my house, and prove me now herewith, said the LORD of hosts, if I will
not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it.
3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy
the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before
the time in the field, said the LORD of hosts.
3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome
land, said the LORD of hosts.
3:13 Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say,
What have we spoken so much against you?
3:14 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?
3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are
set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.
3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the
LORD listened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before
him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought on his name.
3:17 And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that
3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serves God and him that serves him not.
4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the
proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that
comes shall burn them up, said the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them
neither root nor branch.
4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with
healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of
4:3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under
the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, said the LORD of
4:4 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him
in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the LORD:
4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the
heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth
with a curse.