The LORD's Love for Jacob
1 1 The  oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi . 2 "I have loved you," says the Lord . But you say , "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother ?" declares the Lord . "Yet I have loved Jacob ; 3 but I have hated Esau , and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness ." 4 Though Edom says , "We have been beaten down , but we will  return and build up the ruins "; thus says the Lord of hosts , "They may build , but I will tear down ; and men will call them the wicked territory , and the people toward whom the Lord is indignant forever e ." 5 Your eyes will see this and you will say , " The Lord be magnified beyond e the border of Israel !"
The LORD Rebukes the Priests
6 " 'A son honors his father , and a servant his master . Then if I am a father , where is My honor ? And if I am a master , where is My respect ?' says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name . But you say , 'How have we despised Your name ?' 7 "You are presenting defiled  food upon My altar . But you say , 'How have we defiled You?' In that you say , 'The table of the Lord is to be despised .' 8 "But when you present the blind for sacrifice , is it not evil ? And when you present the lame and sick , is it not evil ? Why not offer it to your governor ? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive e you kindly ?" says the Lord of hosts . 9 "But now will you not entreat God's favor , that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part , will He receive e any of you kindly ?" says the Lord of hosts . 10 "Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates , that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar ! I am not pleased with you," says the Lord of hosts , " nor will I accept an offering from you. 11 "For from the rising of the sun even to its setting , My name will be great among the nations , and in every place incense is going to be offered e to My name , and a grain offering that is pure ; for My name will be great among the nations ," says the Lord of hosts . 12 "But you are profaning it, in that you say , 'The table of the Lord is defiled , and as for its fruit , its food is to be despised .' 13 "You also say , 'My, how tiresome it is!' And you disdainfully sniff at it," says the Lord of hosts , "and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick ; so you bring the offering ! Should I receive that from your hand ?" says the Lord . 14 "But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord , for I am a great King ," says the Lord of hosts , "and My name is  feared among the nations ."
Israel's Unfaithfulness Rebuked
2 1 "And now this commandment is for you, O priests . 2 "If you do not listen , and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name ," says the Lord of hosts , "then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings ; and indeed , I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart . 3 "Behold , I am going to rebuke your offspring , and I will spread refuse on your faces , the refuse of your feasts ; and you will be taken away with it. 4 "Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi ," says the Lord of hosts . 5 "My covenant with him was one of life and peace , and I gave them to him as an object of reverence ; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name . 6 " True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips ; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness , and he turned many back from iniquity . 7 "For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge , and men should seek instruction from his mouth ; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts . 8 "But as for you, you have turned aside from the way ; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction ; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi ," says the Lord of hosts . 9 "So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people , just e as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality e in the instruction .
10 "Do we not all have one father ? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers ? 11 "Judah has dealt treacherously , and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem ; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god . 12 "As for the man who does this, may the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers , or who presents an offering to the Lord of hosts . 13 "This is another thing you do : you cover the altar of the Lord with tears , with weeping and with groaning , because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand . 14 "Yet you say , 'For what reason e ?' Because e the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth , against whom you have dealt treacherously , though she is your companion and your wife by covenant . 15 "But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit . And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring ? Take heed then to your spirit , and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth . 16 "For I hate divorce ," says the Lord , the God of Israel , "and him who covers his garment with wrong ," says the Lord of hosts . "So take heed to your spirit , that you do not deal treacherously ."
The Near Approach of the Day of Judgment
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words . Yet you say , "How 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 ?"
3 1 " Behold , I am going to send My messenger , and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord , whom you seek , will suddenly come to His temple ; and the messenger of the covenant , in whom you delight , behold , He is coming ," says the Lord of hosts . 2 "But who can endure the day of His coming ? And who can stand when He appears ? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap . 3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver , and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver , so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness . 4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years . 5 "Then I will draw near to you for judgment ; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely , and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages , the widow and the orphan , and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the Lord of hosts .
The Payment of Tithes
6 "For I, the Lord , do not change ; therefore you, O sons of Jacob , are not consumed .
7 "From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the Lord of hosts . "But you say , 'How shall we return ?' 8 "Will a man rob God ? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say , 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings . 9 "You are cursed with a curse , for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 " Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse , so that there may be food in My house , and test Me now in this ," says the Lord of hosts , "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows e . 11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground ; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the Lord of hosts . 12 " All the nations will call you blessed , for you shall be a delightful land ," says the Lord of hosts .
The Distinction between the Righteous and the Wicked
13 "Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the Lord . "Yet you say , 'What have we spoken against You?' 14 "You have said , 'It is vain to serve God ; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge , and that we have walked in mourning before e the Lord of hosts ? 15 'So now we call the arrogant blessed ; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape .' " 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another , and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name . 17 "They will be Mine," says the Lord of hosts , "on the day that I prepare My own possession , and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked , between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
The Coming Day of the LORD
4 1 "For behold , the day is coming , burning like a furnace ; and all the arrogant and every evildoer e will be chaff ; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze ," says the Lord of hosts , "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch ." 2 "But for you who fear My name , the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings ; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall . 3 "You will tread down the wicked , for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing ," says the Lord of hosts .
4 " Remember the law of Moses My servant , even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel . 5 "Behold , I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord . 6 "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers , so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse ."
1:1 Lit "burden"
1:1 Or "My messenger"
1:4 Or "rebuild the ruins"
1:4 Lit "border of wickedness"
1:4 Or "whom the Lord has cursed"
1:5 Or "will be great"
1:5 Or "territory"
1:6 Lit "fear"
1:7 Lit "bread"
1:8 Lit "Offer it, please"
1:9 Lit "entreat, please"
1:9 Lit "This has been from your hand"
1:10 Or "doors"
1:10 Lit "your hand"
1:13 Lit "Behold" it is "weariness"
1:14 Or "revered"
1:14 Or "Gentiles"