Robbing God

Malachi 3

6 "For I am the LORD, n I do not change;
o Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
7 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?'
8 "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.
9 You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
10 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.
11 "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;
12 "And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be y a delightful land,"
Says the LORD of hosts.

13 "Your z words have been 1 harsh against Me,"
Says the LORD,
"Yet you say,
'What have we spoken against You?'
14 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?
15 So now b we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are 2 raised up;
They even c tempt God and go free.' "

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 23:19
    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?
    Romans 11:29
    For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
    James 1:17
    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.
  2. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:22
    Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 7:51
    You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
  4. Cross References
    Zechariah 1:3
    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.
  5. Cross References
    Malachi 1:6
    "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?'
  6. Cross References
    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.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:9
    Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase.
    Proverbs 3:10
    So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
  8. Cross References
    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.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 7:11
    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.
  10. Cross References
    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.
  11. Cross References
    Amos 4:9
    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.
  12. Cross References
    Daniel 8:9
    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.
  13. Cross References
    Malachi 2:17
    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?
  14. Cross References
    Job 21:14
    Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 73:12
    Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 95:9
    When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.
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