The heauy burthen, whiche the Lorde sheweth agaynst Israel by Malachi.
2 I haue loued you, sayeth the Lord: and yet ye say: wherin haste thou loued vs?
Was not Esau Iacobs brother, sayeth the Lord? yet haue I loued Iacob,
3 & hated Esau: yea I haue made his hilles waste, & his heretage a
wildernesse for dragons:
4 & though Edom sayd: wel, we are destroyed, we wyll go buylde vp agayne the
places that be wasted: yet (sayeth the Lord of hostes) what they buylded, that
brake I domie, so that is was called a cursed lande, and a people, whom the
Lorde hath euer bene angrye withall.
5 Youre eyes haue sene it, & ye youre selues must confesse, that the Lord
hath brought the land of Israel to great honour.
6 Should not a sonne honoure his father, & a seruaunte hys mayster? Yf I be
now a father, where is mine honoure? Yf I be the Lorde, where am I feared?
sayeth the Lord of hostes. Now to you priestes, that despise my name. And yf ye
saye: wherin haue we despised thy name:
7 In this, that ye offre vnclean bread vpon myne aulter. And yf ye wyl say:
wherin haue we offered auye vnclene thinge vnto the? In this place ye say: the
aulter of the lord is not to be regarded.
8 Yf ye offre the blind, is not that euill? And yf ye offre the lame, and syck,
is not that euyll? Yea, offre it vnto thy prince, shal he be content with the,
or accepte thy personne, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.
9 And now make your prayer before God, that he may haue mercy vpon vs: for suche
thinges haue ye done. Shal he regarde your personnes, thyncke ye, sayeth the
Lorde of hostes?
10 Yea, what is he amonge you, that wyll do so muche as to shut the dores, or to
kindle the fire vpon myne aulter for naught? I haue no pleasure in you, sayeth
the Lord of hostes: and as for the meatofferynge, I will not accepte it at your
11 For from the rysynge vp of the sunne vnto the goynge doune of the same, my
name is greate amonge the Gentyles: yea, in euery place shall there sacryfice be
done, & a cleane meatoffering offered vp vnto my name: for my name is great
among şe heathen, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.
12 But ye haue vnhalowed it, in that ye say: the aulter of the Lorde is not to
be regarded, & the thinge that is set ther vpon, not worthy to be eaten.
13 Now say ye: It is but laboure and trauail, and thus haue ye thought scorne at
it (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) offeryng robbery, yea, şe lame and the sicke.
Ye haue brought me in a meatoffering, shoulde I accepte it of youre hande,
sayeth the Lorde?
14 Cursed be the dissembler, which hath in his flocke one that is male and when
he maketh a vowe, offereth a spoted one vnto the lord. For I am a great king (sayeth
the Lorde of hostes) and my name is fearfull amonge the Heathen.
And now (O ye priestes) thys commaundement toucheth you:
2 yf ye wyll not heare it, nor regarde it, to geue the glorye vnto my name,
sayeth the lorde of hostes, I wyll sende a curse vpon you, and wyl cursle your
blessinges: yea, curse them wil I yf ye do not take hede.
3 Behold, I shall corrupte your sede, and cast dong in your faces: turn the
donge of your solempne feastes, & it shal cleue faste vpon you:
4 & ye shal know, that I haue sent this commaundement vnto you: that my
couenaunt which I made with Leui, myght stande, sayeth the Lorde of Hostes.
5 I made a couenaunt of life & peace wt hym: this I gaue him, that he might
stande in awe of me: & so he did feare me, & had my name in reuerence.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth and there was no wickednesse founde in hys
lippe. He walcked with me in peace & equite, and dyd turne manye one awaye
from their synnes.
7 For the priestes lippes should be sure knowledge, that men may seke the lawe
at his mouth: for he is a messaunger of the lorde of hostes.
8 But as for you, ye are gone cleane out of the waye, & haue caused the
multitude to be offended at the lawe: ye haue broken the couenaunt of Leui,
sayeth the Lord of hostes.
9 Therfore wil I also make you to be despised, and to be of no reputacion among
al the people, because ye haue not kepte my wayes, but bene parcial in the lawe.
10 Haue we not all one father? Hath not one God made vs? why doth euery one of
vs then despyse his owne brother, and so breake the couenaunt of oure fathers?
11 Now hath Iuda offended, yea, the abhomynacyon is done in Israel & in
Ierusalem, for Iuda hath defiled the Sanctuarye of the Lorde, whyche he loned,
& haue kept the doughter of a straunge God.
12 But the Lorde shall destroye the man şt doth thys (yea, both the mayster and
the scolar) out of the tabernacle of Iacob, with hym that offereth vp
meateofferinge vnto the lord of hostes.
13 Nowe haue ye brought it to thys poynte againe, that the aulter of the Lorde
is couered with teares wepyng and mourning: so that I will no more regarde the
meatofferinge, neyther will I receyue or accepte anye thinge at your handes
14 And yet ye say: wherfore? Euen because that where as the Lorde made a
couenaunt betwixt the & the wyfe of thy youth, thou hast despysed her: Yet
is she thyne owne companion and maried wife.
15 So dyd not the one, and yet had he an excellente spirite. What dyd then the
one? He sought the sede promised of God. Therfore loke well to your spirit, and
let no man despise the wyfe of his youth.
16 Yf thou hatest her, put her awaye, sayeth the Lord God of Israel, & geue
her a clothinge for the scorne, sayeth the Lord of hostes. Loke wel then to your
spirit, & despise her not.
17 Ye greue the lord with your wordes, & yet ye say: wherwt al haue we
greued him? In this, şt ye say: Al that do euil are good in the sight of god,
and such please him. Or els where is the God that punisheth?
Beholde, I wil sende my messaunger, which shall prepare the way before me: &
the Lord whome, ye woulde haue, shall sone come to hys temple, yea, euen the
messenger of the couenaunt, whome ye longe for. Beholde he commeth, sayeth the
Lord of hostes
2 But who may abyde the day of hys commyng? Who shalbe able to endure, when he
appeareth? For he is lyke a goldsmythes fire and lyke a wasshers sope.
3 He shall syt hym doune to trye and to clense the syluer, he shall pourge the
children of Leui, & puryfye them lyke as golde and syluer: that they may
bring meatofferinges vnto the Lorde in righteousnes.
4 Then shal the offering of Iuda & Ierusalem be acceptable vnto the Lord,
lyke as from the beginninge, and in the yeares, afore tyme.
5 I wil come and punish you, and I my selfe will be a swyf wytnes against the
witches, agaynst the aduouterers, agaynste false swearers: yea, and agaynst
those, that wrongeouslye kepe backe the hyrelinges dewtye: which vexe the
widdowes and the fatherlesse and oppresse the straunger, and feare not me,
sayeth the Lord of Hostes.
6 For I am the lord that chaunge not, and ye (O children of Iacob) wyll not
7 ye are gone away from myne ordinaunces, and sens the time of your forefathers
haue ye not kepte them. Turne you now vnto me, and I will turne me vnto you,
sayeth the Lorde of hostes: ye saye: wherin shall we turne?
8 Shoulde a man vse falshede and disceyte with God as ye vse falshede and
disceyte wyth me? Yet ye saye: wherin vse we disceyt wyth the? In Tithes &
9 Therfore are ye cursed with penury, because ye dissemble with me, all the
sorte of you.
10 Bringe euerye Tithe into my barne, that there maye be meat in myne house: and
proue me withall (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) yf I will not open the windowes of
heauen vnto you, and poure you out a blessynge with plenteousnesse.
11 Yea, I shal reproue the consumer for youre sakes, so that he shall not eate
vp the frute of youre grounde, neyther shall the vineyarde be baren in the felde,
sayeth the Lord of hostes.
12 In so muche that all people shall saye, that ye be blessed, for ye shalbe a
pleasaunt lande, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.
13 Ye speake harde wordes agaynst me, sayeth the Lorde. And yet ye saye: What
haue we spoken agaynst the?
14 Ye haue sayed. Is it but lost labour, to serue God? What profyt haue we for
keping his commaundementes, and for walkinge humbly before the Lorde of Hostes?
15 Therfore maye we saye, that the proude are happye, and that they whiche deale
with the vngodlynesse, are sette vp: for they tempte God, and yet escape.
16 But they that feare God, saye thus one to another: the Lord consydereth and
heareth it. Yea, it is before him a memoriall boke, wryten for such as feare the
Lorde, & remembre his name.
17 And in the day that I will make (sayeth the Lord of hostes) they shalbe mine
own possession: and I wil fauoure them, lyke as a man fauoureth his owne sonne,
that doth him seruyce.
18 Turne you therfore, and consydre what difference is betwyxt the ryghteous
& vngodly: betwyxt him that serueth God, and him that serueth him not.
(3:19) For marck, the day commeth, that shall burne as an ouen: and al the
proude, yea and al such as do wickednesse, shalbe straw: and the daye that is
for to come, shall burne them vp (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) so that it shall
leaue them neyther rote nor braunche.
2 (3:20) But vnto you that feare my name, shall the Sonne of ryghteousnesse
aryse, and healthe shalbe vnder his winges: ye shal go forth, & multipply as
the fat calues.
3 (3:21) Ye shall treade doune the vngodlye: for they shalbe lyke the asshes
vnder the soles of your fete, in the day that I shall make, sayeth the Lord of
4 (3:22) Remembre the lawe of Moses my seruaunt whyche I commytted vnto hym in
Oreb for al Israel, with the stratutes and ordynaunces.
5 (3:23) Beholde, I wyl sende you Elias the Prophet: before the comming of the
daye of the greate and fearfull Lorde.
6 (3:24) He shall turne the hertes of the fathers to their chyldren, and the
hertes of the children to their fathers, that I come not, & smite the earth