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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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?

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

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

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.

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.

12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

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?

Malachi Chapter 3: Rebuking and Encouraging Judah 
Rebuking and Encouraging Judah 
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15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

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.

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.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.


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Matthew Henry's Malachi Chapter 3 Bible commentary...

The coming of Christ. (1-6) The Jews reproved for their corruptions. (7-12) God's care of his people; The distinction between the righteous and the wicked. (13-18)1-6 The first words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of those days. Here is a prophecy of the appearing of John the Baptist. He is Christ's harbinger. He shall prepare the way before him, by calling men to repentance. The Messiah had been long called, "He that should come," and now shortly he will come. He is the Messenger of the covenant. Those who seek Jesus, shall find pleasure in him, often when not looked for. The Lord Jesus, prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple, by the ministry of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, and he enters it as the Messenger of peace and consolation. No hypocrite or formalist can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. Christ came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile. He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify and reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerate and cleanse souls. He will take away the dross found in them. He will separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless and useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions and temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take care it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and this trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked. Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted. Where no fear of God is, no good is to be expected. Evil pursues sinners. God is unchangeable. And though the sentence against evil works be not executed speedily, yet it will be executed; the Lord is as much an enemy to sin as ever. We may all apply this to ourselves. Because we have to do with a God that changes not, therefore it is that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not.

7-12 The men of that generation turned away from God, they had not kept his ordinances. God gives them a gracious call. But they said, Wherein shall we return? God notices what returns our hearts make to the calls of his word. It shows great perverseness in sin, when men make afflictions excuses for sin, which are sent to part between them and their sins. Here is an earnest exhortation to reform. God must be served in the first place; and the interest of our souls ought to be preferred before that of our bodies. Let them trust God to provide for their comfort. God has blessings ready for us, but through the weakness of our faith and the narrowness of our desires, we have not room to receive them. He who makes trial will find nothing is lost by honouring the Lord with his substance.

13-18 Among the Jews at this time, some plainly discovered themselves to be children of the wicked one. The yoke of Christ is easy. But those who work wickedness, tempt God by presumptuous sins. Judge of things as they will appear when the doom of these proud sinners comes to be executed. Those that feared the Lord, spake kindly, for preserving and promoting mutual love, when sin thus abounded. They spake one to another, in the language of those that fear the Lord, and think on his name. As evil communications corrupt good minds and manners, so good communications confirm them. A book of remembrance was written before God. He will take care that his children perish not with those that believe not. They shall be vessels of mercy and honour, when the rest are made vessels of wrath and dishonour. The saints are God's jewels; they are dear to him. He will preserve them as his jewels, when the earth is burned up like dross. Those who now own God for theirs, he will then own for his. It is our duty to serve God with the disposition of children; and he will not have his children trained up in idleness; they must do him service from a principle of love. Even God's children stand in need of sparing mercy. All are righteous or wicked, such as serve God, or such as serve him not: all are going to heaven or to hell. We are often deceived in our opinions concerning both the one and the other; but at the bar of Christ, every man's character will be known. As to ourselves, we have need to think among which we shall have our lot; and, as to others, we must judge nothing before the time. But in the end all the world will confess that those alone were wise and happy, who served the Lord and trusted in Him.


Recent Comments for Malachi Chapter 3...


Matthew IWundu's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 3/25/2014, 8:39am...

This verse is so wonderful. The reward comes at speed of lightening. Any threatening situation around you can be handled with this. God remains God and he makes final decision.


Ava t pompey's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 3/08/2014, 3:10pm...

God owns everything in this world things are loan to us as we make our journey through life God is teaching us about giving when we do tithes The church cannot maintain itself so that s where tithes comes in but there are priest who use the tithes as there personal cash which is robbery


Ava t pompey's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 3/08/2014, 3:01pm...

The Lord changes not his promises are sure


Elisheba's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 2/15/2014, 9:01am...

The tithe was for the levites They owned no property They served monotheistic believers The Almighty was their inheritance Do you know anyone like that If yes given them your money


Cyrus's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 2/15/2014, 6:44am...

If others have practiced Tithe and it works for them and some also testified that they don t pay it and they are living fine I CONCLUDE WITH THIS TRUE EVIDENCE THAT WE SHALL ALL REAP WHATEVER WE SOW and those who collect Tithe should spend it right not to use it to build sch and ask Tithe payers to pay sch heavy sch feed or make life difficult for Tithe payers by not providing for the needy in their folds Churches I MEAN TITHE PAYERS CHURCHES SHOULD SET UP COMMITTEES ON HOW TO BETTER D LIVES OF THEIR MEMBERS and should not use Tithe issue to place curse on the souls Christ died for but should encourage them and better there LIVES Thanks


Carol's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 2/14/2014, 9:03pm...

No one should be tithing 10 of your money to anyone unless God through prayer tells you too God blessed you with health and strength each day to go out there and make it happen and then you just want to give your blessings away to most times ungodly people Pray instead God will always lead you to help the right person that needs your help The right time to give Each day look around you That person at the bus stop can you give them a ride Ask God if it s ok I promise he will answer you God knows your situation and what you are capable of Let God lead your life and get your head heart out of the way I promise you will be amazed and truly blessed Love Jesus with all your heart soul and mind He loves it


DANIEL's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 1/30/2014, 7:28am...

Either we like it or not God will not change his standard to suit our purpose. What he says stand and cannot be changed by any-one.Malachi 3 tells us about God's mind concerning our lives most especially about titheing. For example a farmer that harvest and fail to keep some will have nothing to plant the next season. It is very difficult to understand what you've not practice and believe. In a nut-shell giving out tithe is rewardable and it should be 100% and not part.


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