New Revised Standard Version
1 An oracle. The word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
An affirmation of God's faithfulness to Israel
2 I have loved you, says the LORD. But you say, "How have you loved us?" Is
not Esau Jacob's brother? says the LORD. Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but I have
hated Esau; I have made his hill country a desolation and his heritage a
desert for jackals. 4 If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the
ruins," the LORD of hosts says: They may build, but I will tear down, until
they are called the wicked country, the people with whom the LORD is angry
forever. 5 Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, "Great is the LORD
beyond the borders of Israel!"
The priests have been unfaithful to their covenant
6 A son honors his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father,
where is the honor due me? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me?
says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, "How
have we despised your name?" 7 By offering polluted food on my altar. And you
say, "How have we polluted it?" By thinking that the LORD's table may be
despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And
when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting
that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show you favor? says the
LORD of hosts. 9 And now implore the favor of God, that he may be gracious to
us. The fault is yours. Will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of
hosts. 10 Oh, that someone among you would shut the temple doors, so that you
would not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the
LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hands. 11 For from
the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and
in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name
is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. 12 But you profane it when
you say that the LORD's table is polluted, and the food for it may be
despised. 13 "What a weariness this is," you say, and you sniff at me, says
the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or
sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand?
says the LORD. 14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in the flock and vows to
give it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished; for I am a great
King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name is reverenced among the nations.
1 And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if
you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
then I will send the curse on you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I
have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 I will rebuke
your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and
I will put you out of my presence.
4 Know, then, that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi
may hold, says the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant with him was a covenant of
life and well-being, which I gave him; this called for reverence, and he
revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth,
and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in integrity and
uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest
should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for
he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the
way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted
the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, 9 and so I make you despised and
abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have
shown partiality in your instruction.
The people have been unfaithful to each other
10 Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we
faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? 11 Judah
has been faithless, and 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 May the LORD cut off from
the tents of Jacob anyone who does this – any to witness or answer, or to
bring an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13 And this you do as well: You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with
weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it
with favor at your hand. 14 You ask, "Why does he not?" Because the LORD was a
witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been
faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did not
one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God
desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be
faithless to the wife of his youth. 16 For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the
God of Israel, and covering one's garment with violence, says the LORD of
hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.
Judgment is coming
17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we
wearied him?" By saying, "All who do evil are good in the sight of the LORD,
and he delights in them." Or by asking, "Where is the God of justice?"
1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord
whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant
in whom you delight – indeed, 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
refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and
refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD 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; I will be swift to bear witness
against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear
falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow
and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me,
says the LORD of hosts.
A call to repentance
6 For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not
perished. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors 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 anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, "How are we
robbing you?" In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for
you are robbing me – the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the
storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the
test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for
you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust
for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine
in the field shall not be barren, says the LORD of hosts. 12 Then all nations
will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of
The righteous and wicked receive their just rewards
13 You have spoken harsh words against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, "How
have we spoken against you?" 14 You have said, "It is vain to serve God. What
do we profit by keeping his command or by going about as mourners before the
LORD of hosts? 15 Now we count the arrogant happy; evildoers not only prosper,
but when they put God to the test they escape."
16 Then those who revered the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD took note
and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who
revered the LORD and thought on his name. 17 They shall be mine, says the LORD
of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them
as parents spare their children who serve them. 18 Then once more you shall
see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who
serves God and one who does not serve him.
1 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all
evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the
LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for
you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in
its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you
shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your
feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that
I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of
the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the
hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the
land with a curse.