The burden of the word of ye Lord to Israel by Malachi.
2 I haue loued you, sayth the Lord: yet yee say, Wherein hast thou loued vs? was
not Esau Iacobs brother, sayth the Lord ? yet I loued Iacob,
3 And I hated Esau, and layde his mountaines, and his heritage waste, for the
dragons of the wildernesse.
4 Whereas Edom sayth, Wee are impouerished, but we will returne and build the
desolate places; Thus sayth the Lord of hostes, They shal build, but I will
throw downe; and they shal call them, The border of wickednesse, & the
people against whom the Lord hath indignation for euer.
5 And your eyes shall see, and yee shall say; The Lord will be magnified from
the border of Israel.
6 A sonne honoureth his father, and a seruant his Master. If then I be a father,
where is mine honour? and if I be a Master, where is my feare, saith the Lord of
hostes, vnto you O priests, that despise my name? and yee say, Wherein haue we
despised thy name?
7 Yee offer polluted bread vpon mine altar; and yee say, Wherein haue we
polluted thee? In that yee say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.
8 And if hee offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not euill? and if yee offer
the lame and sicke, is it not euill? offer it now vnto thy gouernour: will he be
pleased with thee, or accept thy person, saith the Lord of hostes?
9 And now I pray you, beseech God, that hee will be gracious vnto vs: this hath
beene by your meanes: will he regard your persons, saith the Lord of hostes?
10 Who is there euen among you that would shut the doores for nought? neither
doe yee kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I haue no pleasure in you, saith
the Lord of hostes, neither will I accept an offring at your hand.
11 For from the rising of the Sunne, euen vnto the going downe of the same my
name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in euery place incense shall be
offered vnto my name, and a pure offring: for my name shall be great among the
heathen, saith the Lord of hostes.
12 But yee haue prophaned it, in that yee say; The table of the Lord is
polluted, and the fruite thereof, euen his meate, is contemptible.
13 Yee said also; Behold what a wearinesse is it, and yee haue snuffed at it,
saith the Lord of hostes, and yee brought that which was torne, and the lame,
and the sicke: thus yee brought an offring: should I accept this of your hand,
saith the Lord ?
14 But cursed be the deceiuer, which hath in his flocke a male, and voweth and
sacrificeth vnto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord
of hostes, and my name is dreadfull among the heathen.
1 And now, O yee Priests, this commaundement is for you.
2 If ye will not heare, and if yee will not lay it to heart, to giue glory vnto
my name, saith the Lord of hostes; I will euen send a curse vpon you, and will
curse your blessings: yea, I haue cursed them already, because yee doe not lay
it to heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread doung vpon your faces, euen the
doung of your solemne feasts, and one shall take you away with it.
4 And yee shall know that I haue sent this commaundement vnto you, that my
couenant might be with Leui, saith the Lord of hostes.
5 My couenant was with him of life and peace, and I gaue them to him, for the
feare, wherewith he feared mee, and was afraid before my name.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquitie was not found in his lips: he
walked with me in peace and equitie, and did turne many away from iniquitie.
7 For the priests lips should keepe knowledge, and they should seeke the law at
his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hostes.
8 But yee are departed out of the way: ye haue caused many to stumble at the
law: ye haue corrupted the couenant of Leui, saith the Lord of hostes.
9 Therefore haue I also made you contemptible and base before al the people,
according as yee haue not kept my wayes, but haue bin partiall in ye law.
10 Haue we not all one father? hath not one God created vs? Why doe we deale
treacherously euery man against his brother, by prophaning the couenant of our
11 Iudah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and
in Ierusalem: for Iudah hath prophaned the holinesse of the Lord which he loued,
and hath maried the daughter of a strange God.
12 The Lord will cut off the man that doth this: the Master and the scholler out
of the tabernacles of Iacob, and him that offereth an offring vnto the Lord of
13 And this haue yee done againe, couering the Altar of the Lord with teares,
with weeping and with crying out, in so much that hee regardeth not the offering
any more, or receiueth it with good will at your hand.
14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath bene witnes betweene thee and
the wife of thy youth, against whome thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she
thy companion, and the wife of thy couenant.
15 And did not he make one? yet had he the residue of the spirit: and wherefore
one? that hee might seeke a godly seed: therefore take heed to your spirit, and
let none deale treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16 For the Lord the God of Israel saith, that he hateth putting away: for one
couereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts, therfore take heed
to your spirit, that ye deale not treacherously.
17 Ye haue wearied the Lord with your words: yet ye say, Wherein haue we wearied
him? when ye say, Euery one that doeth euill, is good in the sight of the Lord,
and he delighteth in them, or where is the God of iudgement?
1 Beholde, I will send my messenger, and he shal prepare the way before mee: and
the Lord whom ye seeke, shall suddenly come to his Temple: euen ye messenger of
the Couenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of
2 But who may abide the day of his comming? and who shall stand when he
appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers sope.
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of siluer: and he shall purifie the
sonnes of Leui, and purge them as gold & siluer, that they may offer vnto
the Lord an offring in righteousnes.
4 Then shall the offerings of Iudah and Ierusalem bee pleasant vnto the Lord, as
in the dayes of old, and as in former yeeres.
5 And I will come neere to you to iudgement, and I will bee a swift witnesse
against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers,
and against those that oppresse the hireling in his wages, the widowe, and the
fatherlesse, and that turne aside the stranger from his right, and feare not me,
saith the Lord of hosts.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sonnes of Iacob are not
7 Euen from the dayes of your fathers yee are gone away from mine ordinances,
and haue not kept them: returne vnto me, and I will returne vnto you, saith the
Lord of hosts: But ye said, Wherein shall we returne?
8 Wil a man rob God? yet ye haue robbed me. But ye say, Wherein haue we robbed
thee? In tithes & offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye haue robbed me, euen this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the store-house, that there may be meate in mine
house, & proue me now herewith, saith the Lord of hostes, if I will not open
you the windowes of heauen, and powre you out a blessing, that there shall not
be roome enough to receiue it.
11 And I wil rebuke the deuourer for your sakes: and he shal not destroy the
fruits of your ground, neither shal your vine cast her fruit before the time in
the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land,
saith the Lord of hosts.
13 Your words haue bin stout against me, saith the Lord, yet ye say, What haue
we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye haue said, It is vaine to serue God: and what profit is it, that we haue
kept his ordinance, and that wee haue walked mournfully before the Lord of
15 And now we call the proud happy: yea, they that worke wickednes are set vp,
yea they that tempt God, are euen deliuered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord, spake often one to another, and the Lord
hearkened and heard it, & a booke of remembrance was written before him, for
them that feared the Lord, & that thought vpon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make vp
my iewels, and I wil spare them as a man spareth his owne sonne that serueth
18 Then shall yee returne and discerne betweene the righteous and the wicked,
betweene him that serueth God, and him that serueth him not.
1 For beholde, the day commeth, that shall burne as an ouen, and all the proud,
yea and all that doe wickedly shalbe stubble: and the day that commeth, shal
burne them vp, saith the Lord of hostes, that it shall leaue them neither roote
2 But vnto you that feare my Name, shall the Sunne of righteousnesse arise with
healing in his wings, and shall goe foorth and grow vp as calues of the staule.
3 And yee shall treade downe the wicked: for they shall bee ashes vnder the
soles of your feet, in the day that I shall doe this, saith the Lord of hosts.
4 Remember yee the Law of Moses my seruant, which I commanded vnto him in Horeb
for all Israel, with the Statutes and iudgements.
5 Beholde, I will send you Eliiah the Prophet, before the comming of the great
and dreadfull day of the Lord.
6 And hee shall turne 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.