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Malachi/Malachi  3:4 - 24

Chapter 3

4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Hashem, as in days of old and in former years.  5 I shall approach you for judgment, and I will be an urgent witness against the sorcerers, the adulterers, those who swear falsely, those who withhold the wage of laborer, widow, and orphan, who pervert the judgment of the stranger, and do not fear Me — so says Hashem, Master of Legions.

6 For I, Hashem, have not changed; and you, O children of Jacob, have not ceased to be.  7 From the days of your forefathers you strayed from My decrees and did not observe them — return to Me and I will return to you, says Hashem, Master of Legions. Yet you say - "For what should we repent?"  8 Should a man rob God, as you rob Me? Yet you say - "How have we robbed You?" — through the tithe and the priestly gift.  9 You are afflicted with a curse, yet Me you still rob, the entire nation.

10 Bring the entire tithe to the storehouse and let there be food in My House — and test Me now thereby, says Hashem, Master of Legions, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour down for you blessing beyond your capacity.  11 I shall frighten away the devouring [locust] and it will not destroy the fruit of the land, and the vine of the field will not lose its fruit, says Hashem, Master of Legions.  12 All the nations will praise you, for you will be a desirable land, says Hashem, Master of Legions.  13 You have spoken harshly against Me, says Hashem, yet you say - "How have we spoken against You?"  14 You said - "To serve God is useless, and what did we gain for keeping His charge or for walking submissively before Hashem, Master of Legions?  15 So now we praise wanton sinners, those who did evil were even built up, they have even tested God and been spared."

16 Then those who fear Hashem spoke to one another, and Hashem listened and heard; it was inscribed before Him in a book of remembrance of those who fear Hashem and meditate upon His Name.  17 They shall remain Mine as a treasure — says Hashem, Master of Legions — of the days when I make [judgment] — and I shall have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.  18 Then you will return and see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

19 For behold! the day is coming, burning like an oven; all the wanton ones and all the evildoers will be stubble and the coming day will set them ablaze, says Hashem, Master of Legions, it will leave them no root or branch.  20 But for you that revere My Name, a sun of righteousness will shine forth, with healing on its wings; and you shall go forth and prosper like fatted calves.  21 You will trample the wicked, for they will be like dust under the soles of your feet, on the day that I prepare, says Hashem, Master of Legions.

22 Remember the teaching of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel, decrees and ordinances.  23 Behold — I send you Elijah the prophet, before the great and awesome day of Hashem.  24 He shall restore the heart of fathers to children and the heart of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with destruction.
    Behold! I send you Elijah the prophet, before the great and awesome day of Hashem.


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