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The Great Day of the Lord

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« Malachi 1 »
King James Bible
The Lord's Love for Israel
(Genesis 25:19-28; Romans 9:6-18)
1The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob's
brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 3And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his
heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 4Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but
we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith 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 hath indignation for ever. 5And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD
will be magnified from the border of Israel.
The Polluted Offerings
6A 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 priests,
that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7Ye offer polluted bread
upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the
LORD [is] contemptible. 8And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, [is it] not evil? and if ye offer the
lame and sick, [is it] not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or
accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be
gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of
hosts. 10Who [is there] even among you that would shut the doors [for nought]? neither do ye
kindle [fire] on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither
will I accept an offering at your hand. 11For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of
the same my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense [shall be]
offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name [shall be] great among the heathen, saith
the LORD of hosts. 12But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD [is] polluted;
and the fruit thereof, [even] his meat, [is] contemptible. 13Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness
[is it]! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought [that which was] torn,
and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith
the LORD. 14But cursed [be] the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and
sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my
name [is] dreadful among the heathen.
« Malachi 2 »
King James Bible
A Warning to Priests
1And now, O ye priests, this commandment [is] for you. 2If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay
[it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, 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. 3Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, [even] the dung of your
solemn feasts; and [one] shall take you away with it. 4And ye shall know that I have sent this
commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5My
covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him [for] the fear wherewith he
feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6The 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
iniquity. 7For 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. 8But ye are departed out of the way; ye have
caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of
hosts. 9Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as
ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Judah's Unfaithfulness
10Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every
man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11Judah hath dealt
treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath
profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange
god. 12The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the
tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
13And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with
crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth [it] with good will at
your hand. 14Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the
wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the
wife of thy covenant. 15And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And
wherefore 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. 16For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he
hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts:
therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
17Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied [him]? When
ye say, Every one that doeth evil [is] good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or,
Where [is] the God of judgment?
« Malachi 3 »
King James Bible
The Coming Day of Judgment
(John 1:6-13)
1Behold, 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 the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight
in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2But who may abide the day of his coming? and
who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3And 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 unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4Then shall the
offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former
5And 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, saith the LORD of hosts.
Robbing God
6For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept
[them]. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein
shall we return?
8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes
and offerings. 9Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation.
10Bring 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 of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]. 11And 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, saith the LORD of hosts. 12And all nations shall call you
blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
13Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken [so
much] against thee? 14Ye 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? 15And now we
call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are
even delivered.
The Book of Remembrance
16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard
[it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that
thought upon his name. 17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18Then
shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God
and him that serveth him not.
« Malachi 4 »
King James Bible
The Great Day of the Lord
1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts,
that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the
stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in
the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.
4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel,
[with] the statutes and judgments.
5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the
LORD: 6And 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. THE END OF THE PROPHETS.