The Old Testament



1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.


1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou

loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved

Jacob, 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage

waste for the dragons of the wilderness.


1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and

build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall

build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of

wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for



1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be

magnified from the border of Israel.


1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be

a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my

fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my

name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?  1:7 Ye offer

polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted

thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.


1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye

offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy

governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith

the LORD of hosts.


1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us:

this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the

LORD of hosts.


1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought?

neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure

in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at

your hand.


1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the

same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place

incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my

name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.


1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is

polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.


1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed

at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn,

and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I

accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.


1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and

voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a

great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the



2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.


2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give

glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse

upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them

already, because ye do not lay it to heart.


2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces,

even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with



2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that

my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.


2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him

for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.


2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in

his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many

away from iniquity.


2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek

the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.


2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble

at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of



2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all

the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been

partial in the law.


2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do

we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the

covenant of our fathers?  2:11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an

abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath

profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the

daughter of a strange god.


2:12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the

scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an

offering unto the LORD of hosts.


2:13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with

tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth

not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your



2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between

thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt

treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.


2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit.

And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take

heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife

of his youth.


2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting

away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of

hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not



2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein

have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in

the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God

of judgment?  3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall

prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly

come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye

delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.


3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when

he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall

purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they

may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.


3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto

the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.


3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift

witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against

false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his

wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger

from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.


3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are

not consumed.


3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine

ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return

unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we

return?  3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say,

Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.


3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole



3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be

meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of

hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out

a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.


3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not

destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her

fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.


3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a

delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.


3:13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye

say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  3:14 Ye have said, It

is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his

ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of

hosts?  3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work

wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.


3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and

the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was

written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought

upon his name.


3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when

I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own

son that serveth him.


3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the

wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.


4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all

the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the

day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it

shall leave them neither root nor branch.


4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness

arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as

calves of the stall.


4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under

the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD

of hosts.


4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto

him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.


4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of

the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the

heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to

their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.