"Behold, a I send My messenger,
And he will b prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
c Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, d He is coming,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
"But who can endure e the day of His coming?
And f who can stand when He appears?
For g He is like a refiner's fire
And like launderers' soap.
h He 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 i offer to the LORD
An offering in righteousness.
"Then j the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
Will be pleasant to the LORD,
As in the days of old,
As in former years.
And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
k Against perjurers,
Against those who l exploit wage earners and m widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien -
Because they do not fear Me,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
"For I am the LORD, n I do not change;
o Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yet from the days of p your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
q Return to Me, and I will return to you,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
r "But you said,
'In what way shall we return?'
"Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
'In what way have we robbed You?'
s In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
t Bring all the tithes into the u storehouse,
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 v windows of heaven
And w pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
"And I will rebuke x the 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;
"And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be y a delightful land,"
Says the LORD of hosts.
"Your z words have been harsh against Me,"
Says the LORD,
"Yet you say,
'What have we spoken against You?'
a You have said,
'It is useless to serve God;
What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
And that we have walked as mourners
Before the LORD of hosts?
So now b we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are raised up;
They even c tempt God and go free.' "
Then those d who feared the LORD e spoke to one another,
And the LORD listened and heard them;
So f a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD
And who meditate on His name.
"They g shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts,
"On the day that I make them My h jewels.
And i I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him."
j Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.
Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty.
But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
The LORD gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?
Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it.
"For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning.
I will bring the one -third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.'
Matthew 3:10 - 12
And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
1 Corinthians 3:13 - 15
Each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
I will turn My hand against you, And thoroughly purge away your dross, And take away all your alloy.
Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.
I will bring the one -third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.
1 Peter 2:5
You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations," Says the LORD of hosts.
And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
"I will send out the curse, " says the LORD of hosts; "It shall enter the house of the thief And the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It shall remain in the midst of his house And consume it, with its timber and stones."
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.
You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.
Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.
God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to Me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
"A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'
Nehemiah 13:10 - 12
I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field.
Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase.
So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
1 Chronicles 26:20
Of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasuries of the house of God and over the treasuries of the dedicated things.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
2 Chronicles 31:10
And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, "Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the LORD has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.
I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, Your vineyards, Your fig trees, And your olive trees, The locust devoured them; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.
You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, "In what way have we wearied Him? " In that you say, "Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them," Or, "Where is the God of justice?
Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.
When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.
Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
So that men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.