1“Behold, #Matt. 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 1:76; 7:27; John 1:23; 2:14, 15I send My messenger,And he will #(Is. 40:3)prepare the way before Me.And the Lord, whom you seek,Will suddenly come to His temple,#Is. 63:9Even the Messenger of the covenant,In whom you delight.Behold, #Hab. 2:7He is coming,”Says the Lord of hosts.2“But who can endure #Jer. 10:10; Joel 2:11; Nah. 1:6; (Mal. 4:1)the day of His coming?And #Is. 33:14; Ezek. 22:14; Rev. 6:17who can stand when He appears?For #Is. 4:4; Zech. 13:9; (Matt. 3:10–12; 1 Cor. 3:13–15)He is like a refiner’s fireAnd like launderers’ soap.3#Is. 1:25; Dan. 12:10; Zech. 13:9He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;He will purify the sons of Levi,And purge them as gold and silver,That they may #(1 Pet. 2:5)offer to the LordAn offering in righteousness.4“Then #Mal. 1:11the offering of Judah and JerusalemWill be pleasant to the Lord,As in the days of old,As in former years.5And I will come near you for judgment;I will be a swift witnessAgainst sorcerers,Against adulterers,#Lev. 19:12; Zech. 5:4; (James 5:12)Against perjurers,Against those who #Lev. 19:13; James 5:4exploit wage earners and #Ex. 22:22widows and orphans,And against those who turn away an alien—Because they do not fear Me,”Says the Lord of hosts.6“For I am the Lord, #(Num. 23:19; Rom. 11:29; James 1:17)I do not change;#(Lam. 3:22)Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.7Yet from the days of #Acts 7:51your fathersYou have gone away from My ordinancesAnd have not kept them.#Zech. 1:3Return to Me, and I will return to you,”Says the Lord of hosts.#Mal. 1:6“But you said,‘In what way shall we return?’8“Will a man rob God?Yet you have robbed Me!But you say,‘In what way have we robbed You?’#Neh. 13:10–12In tithes and offerings.9You are cursed with a curse,For you have robbed Me,Even this whole nation.10#Prov. 3:9, 10Bring all the tithes into the #1 Chr. 26:20storehouse,That there may be food in My house,And try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts,“If I will not open for you the #Gen. 7:11windows of heavenAnd #2 Chr. 31:10pour out for you such blessingThat therewill not beroom enough toreceiveit.11“And I will rebuke #Amos 4:9the devourer for your sakes,So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”Says the Lord of hosts;12“And all nations will call you blessed,For you will be #Dan. 8:9a delightful land,”Says the Lord of hosts.