The burthen of the word of the Lorde to
Israel, by the ministerie of Malachi.
2 I haue loued you saith the Lord: yet ye say, wherein hast thou loued vs? Was
not Esau Iacobs brother, saith the Lorde, yet loued I Iacob?
3 And I hated Esau, & made his mountaynes waste, and his heritage a
wildernesse for Dragons.
say, We are impouerished, but we wil returne and builde the desolate places:
yet saith the Lorde of hoastes, They shal builde, but I wil destroy: & they
shal cal them, The border of wickednes, & the people with whom the Lorde is
angry for euer.
5 And your eyes shall see: and you shal say, The Lorde wylbe magnified vpon the
6 A sonne honoureth his father, and a seruaunt his maister: If then I be a
father, where is myne honour? if I be a maister, where is my feare? Saith the
Lorde God of hoastes to you O ye pristes that despise my name, and ye say,
Wherein haue we despised thy name?
7 Ye offer vpon myne aulter vncleane bread, and say, Wherein haue we polluted
thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lorde is not to be regarded.
8 When ye bring the blinde for sacrifice, [you say] it is not euil: and when ye
bring the lame and sicke, [you say] it is not euil: offer it nowe to thy prince,
wyll he be content with thee, or accept thy person, saith the Lorde of hoastes?
9 And now I pray you, pray before God, that he may haue mercie vpon vs: (this [euill]
hath ben done by your meanes) wyll he regarde your persons, saith the Lorde of
10 Who is there euen among you that would shutte the doores, and kindle not fire
on myne aulter in vaine? I haue no pleasure in you, saith the Lorde of hoastes,
neither wyll I accept an offering at your hande.
11 From the rysing of the sunne vnto the going downe of the same my name is
great among the gentiles, and in euery place incense shalbe offred to my name,
& a pure offering: for my name is great among the very heathen, saith the
Lord of hoastes.
12 But ye haue polluted it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted,
& the fruite thereof, [euen] his meate is not to be regarded.
13 And ye saide, beholde [it is] a weerynesse, and you haue snuffed at it saith
the Lorde of hoastes, and ye haue offered the stolne, and the lame, and the
sicke, ye haue offered an offering: shoulde I accept this of your handes, saith
14 Cursed be the deceitfull which hath in his flocke a male, and voweth, and
sacrificeth a corrupt thing to the Lorde: because I am a great king, saith the
lord of hoastes, and my name is fearefull among the heathen.
1 And now O ye priestes this comaundement is for you.
2 If ye wyl not heare it nor regard it, to geue the glory to my name, saith the
Lorde of hoastes, I wyll sende a curse vpon you, and wyll curse your blessinges,
yea I haue cursed them alredie, because ye do not consider it in your heart.
3 Beholde, I wyll corrupt your seede, and cast doung on your faces, [euen] the
doung of your solempne feastes, & you shalbe like vnto it.
4 And you shall know that I haue sent this comaundement vnto you, that my
couenaunt which I haue made with Leui might stand, saith the Lorde of hoastes.
5 My couenaunt was with him, of lyfe and peace, and I gaue them him [for] the
feare wherwith he feared me and was afrayde before my name.
6 The lawe of trueth was in his mouth, and there was no iniquitie found in his
lippes, he walked with me in peace and in equitie, and he turned many from their
7 For the priestes lippes shall kepe knowledge, and they shall seeke the lawe at
his mouth: because he is the messenger of the Lorde of hoastes.
8 But ye haue gone out of the way, ye haue caused many to fall by the lawe: ye
haue corrupted the couenaunt of Leui, saith the Lorde of hoastes.
9 Therefore haue I also made you despised and vyle before all the people,
because you kept not my wayes, but haue ben parciall in the lawe.
10 Haue we not all one father? hath not God made vs al? why then is euery one
deceaued of his brother, to violate the couenaunt of our fathers?
11 Iuda hath offended, & abhomination is committed in
and in Hierusalem? for Iuda hath defiled the holynesse of the Lorde which he
loued, and hath maried the daughter of a straunge God.
12 The Lorde wyll destroy the man that doth this, both the rayser vp and the
aunswerer out of the tabernacle of Iacob, and him that offereth an offering vnto
the Lorde of hoastes.
13 And this againe haue ye done, in couering the aulter of the Lorde with teares,
with weeping and mourning, and therfore there is no more respect to the offring,
neither acceptable receauing of it at your handes.
14 Yet ye say, wherin? Because the Lord hath ben witnesse betweene thee and thy
wyfe of thy youth, against whom thou hast transgressed, yet is she thyne owne
companion, and the wyfe of thy couenaunt.
15 And did not he make one? yet had he aboundaunce of spiritie: And wherfore
one? Because he sought a godly seede: therefore kepe your selues in your spirite,
and let none transgresse against the wyfe of his youth.
16 If thou hatest her, put her away, saith the lorde God of Israel: yet he
couereth the iniurie vnder his garment, saith the Lorde of hoastes, and be ye
kept in your spirite, and transgresse not.
17 Ye haue weeryed the Lord with your wordes, and you haue sayde, Wherein haue
we weeried him? Whylest you say, Euery one that doth euil, is good in the sight
of the Lorde, and he is pleased in them: or where is the God of iudgement?
1 Beholde, I wyll sende my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me,
and the lord whom ye seeke, shal speedyly come to his temple, and the messenger
of the couenaunt whom ye desire, beholde he commeth, saith the Lorde of hoastes.
2 But who may abyde the day of his comming? and who shall stand when he
appeareth? for he is lyke a purging fire, and lyke fullers sope.
3 And he shall sit downe to trye and fine the siluer, and he shal purge the
children of Leui, and purifie them as golde and siluer: and they shal bring vnto
the lorde offeringes in righteousnesse.
4 Then shall the offeringes of Iuda and Hierusalem be acceptable vnto the Lorde,
as in olde tyme, and as in the yeres afore.
5 And I wyl come neare to you in iudgement, and I wyll be a swyft witnesse
against the soothsayers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers,
and against those that wrongfully keepe backe the hirelynges wages, and vexe the
widowe and the fatherlesse, and oppresse the straunger, and feare not me, saith
the Lorde of hoastes.
6 For I am the Lorde, I chaunge not: and you sonnes of Iacob are not consumed.
7 From the dayes of your fathers ye are gone away from myne ordinaunces, and
haue not kept [them:] turne you to me, and I wyll turne to you, saith the Lorde
of hoastes. And ye saide, Wherein shall we returne?
8 Wyll a man spoyle his Gods? yet ye haue spoyled me: and ye say, Wherein haue
we spoyled thee? In tythes and offeringes?
9 Ye are cursed with a curse, & me haue ye spoyled, euen this whole nation.
10 Bryng euery tythe into the store house, that there may be meate in myne
house, and prooue me withal, saith the Lorde of hoastes: if I wyl not open the
windowes of heauen vnto you, and poure you out a blessing without measure.
11 And I wyl reprooue the deuourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the
fruite of the grounde, neither shall your vine be barren in the fielde, saith
the Lorde of hoastes.
12 And al nations shal call you blessed: because you shalbe a pleasaunt lande,
saith the Lorde of hoastes.
13 Your wordes haue ben stout against me saith the lorde: and you saide, Wherein
haue we spoken against thee?
14 Ye haue saide: [it is but] vayne to serue God, and what profite [is it] that
we haue kept his commaundement, & that we haue walked humbly before the face
of the Lorde of hoastes?
15 And nowe we call the proude happie: yea the workers of wickednesse are set vp,
and also they that tempt God, yea they are deliuered.
16 Then they that feared God, saide euery one to his neighbour: and the Lorde
considered and hearde, and there was written a booke of remebraunce before him
for them that feared the Lorde, and for them that thinke vpon his name.
17 And they shalbe to me, saith the Lorde of hoastes, in that day wherein I
shall do [iudgement,] a stocke: and I wyl spare them as a man spareth his owne
sonne which serueth him.
18 Then shall ye returne, and discerne betweene the iust and the wicked,
betweene him that serueth God, and him that serueth him not.
1 For marke, the day commeth burning like an ouen: and all the proude, and all
that worke wickednesse shalbe stubble, and the day that is for to come shall
burne them, saith the Lorde of hoastes, and shall leaue them neither roote, nor
2 But to you that feare my name shall that sunne of righteousnesse aryse, and
health shalbe vnder his winges: and ye shall go foorth and skippe lyke fatte
3 And ye shall treade downe the vngodly, for they shalbe dust vnder the soles of
your feete in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lorde of hoastes.
4 Remember the lawe of Moyses my seruaunt, which I commaunded him in Horeb for
, with the ordinaunces and iudgementes.
5 Beholde, I wyll send you Elias the prophete, before the comming of the great
and fearefull day of the Lorde.
6 He shal turne the heart of the fathers to their children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with cursing.