Malachi 2:17–3:5

Breaking Covenant Through Injustice

17 You have weariedw the Lord with your words.

“How have we wearied him?” you ask.x

By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleasedy with them” or “Where is the God of justice?z

3 “I will send my messenger,a who will prepare the way before me.b Then suddenly the Lordc you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant,d whom you desire,e will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

But who can enduref the day of his coming?g Who can standh when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s firei or a launderer’s soap.j He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;k he will purifyl the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.m Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,n and the offeringso of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.p

“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers,q adulterersr and perjurers,s against those who defraud laborers of their wages,t who oppress the widowsu and the fatherless, and deprive the foreignersv among you of justice, but do not fearw me,” says the Lord Almighty.

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