Judgment and covenant renewal
1#In Hebrew texts 4:1-6 is numbered 3:19-24. ‘Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. 3Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty.
4‘Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
5‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.’
Footnotes for the Book of Malachi
a 3 Or will blight your corn
b 10 Or father
c 12 Or 12May the Lord remove from the tents of Jacob anyone who gives testimony on behalf of the man who does this
d 15 The meaning of the Hebrew for the first part of this verse is uncertain.
e 16 Or ‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘because the man who divorces his wife covers his garment with violence,’