Behold, I will send my messenger, which shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye would have, shall soon come to his temple, yee even the messenger of the covenant whom ye long for.
Behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? Who shall be able to endure, when he appeareth? For he is like a goldsmiths fire, and like washers soap. He shall sit him down to try and to cleanse the silver, he shall purge the children of Levi, and purify them as gold and silver: that they may bring meatofferings unto the Lord in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be acceptable unto the Lord, like as from the beginning and the years, afore time. I will come and punish you, and I myself will be a swift witness against the witches, against the *advouterers, against false swearers: yee and against those, that wrongfully keep back the hirelings duty: which vex the widows and the fatherless, and oppress the stranger, and fear me not, saith the Lord of hosts. For I am the Lord that change not, and ye ( O children of Jacob ) will not leave off : ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and since the time of your forefathers have not kept them.
Turn you now unto me, and I will turn me unto you, saith the Lord of hosts: ye say: wherein shall we turn? Should a man use falsehood and deceit with God as ye use falsehood and deceit with me. Yet ye say wherein use we deceit with thee? In Tithes and heave offerings. Therefore are ye cursed with *penury, because ye dissemble with me, all the *forte of you.
Bring every Tithe in to my barn, that there may be meat in my house: and prove me with all ( sayeth the Lord of hosts ) if I will not open the windows of heaven unto you, and pour you out a blessing with plenteousness. Yee, I shall reprove the consumer for your sakes, so that he shall not eat up the fruit of your ground, neither shall the vineyard be barren in the field, sayeth the Lord of hosts: In so much that all people shall say, that yee be blessed, for ye shall be a plenteous land, sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Ye speak hard words against me, sayeth the Lord. And yet ye say: What have we spoken against thee? Ye have said.
It is lost labor, to serve God? What profit have we for keeping his commandments, and for walking humbly before the Lord of hosts? Therefore may we say, that the proud are happy, and that they which deal with ungodliness, are set up: for they temp God and yet escape.
But they that fear God, say thus one to another: the Lord considereth and heareth it. Yee it is before him a memorial book, written for such as fear the Lord, and remember his name. And in the day that I will make ( sayeth the Lord of hosts ) they shall be mine own possession: and I will favor them, like as a man favoreth his own son, that doth him service. Turn you therefore, and consider what difference is between the righteous and the ungodly: between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.
For mark, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven: and all the proud, yee and all such as do wickedness, shall be straw: and the day that is for to come, shall burn them up ( sayeth the Lord of hosts ) so that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name, shall the Son of righteousness arise, and health shall be under his wings: ye shall go forth, and multiply as the fat calves. Ye shall tread down the ungodly: for they shall be like the ashes under the soles of your feet, in the day that I shall make, sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Oreb for all Israel, with the statutes and ordinances. Behold, I will send you Elias the prophet: before the coming of the day of the great and fearful Lord. He shall turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, that I come not and smite the earth with cursing.