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M AL ACHI.

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CHAPTER 1.

11 For, P from the rising of the sun B. C. about 397.

Israel: ingratitude. 6 Their polluted offerings, 12 even unto the going down of the about 397. and contempt of God's worship.

same, my name shall be great 9among | MHE burden of the word of the the Gentiles ; "and in every place sin

p Ps. 113. 3.

Is. 59. 19. + Heb. by the 1 LORD to Israel + by Malachi. cense shall be offered unto my name, q Is. 60. 3,5. hand of Mal.

2 a I have loved you, saith the LORD. and a pure offering : t for my name r John 4. 21, achi.

23. 1 Tim. a Deut. 7. 8. & 1 Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved shall be great among the heathen, Y

2. 8. 10. 15. us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord of hosts.

8 Rev. 8. 3. b Rom. 9. 13. saith the Lord: yet b I loved Jacob, | 12 | But ye have profaned it, in + Is. 66. 19, 20. c Jer. 49. 18. | 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his that ye say, u The table of the LORD u ver. 7. Ez. 35. 3, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15.

mountains and his heritage waste for is polluted ; and the fruit thereof, even Obad. 10, &c.

the dragons of the wilderness. This meat, is contemptible.

4 Whereas Edom saith, We are im- 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a
poverished, but we will return and weariness is it! ll and ye have snuff- / || Or, whereas

ye might
build the desolate places ; thus saith ed at it, saith the LORD of hosts ; I have blown it
the LORD of hosts, They shall build, and ye brought that which was torn,
but I will throw down; and they and the lame, and the sick; thus ye
shall call them, The border of wicked brought an offering: %should I ac C. x Lev. 22. 20

&c.
ness, and, The people against whom cept this of your hand ? saith the
the Lord hath indignation for ever. Lord.

5 And your eyes shall see, and ye 14 But cursed be y the deceiver, y ver. 8. d Ps. 35. 27. shall say, « The Lord will be magni- ll which hath in his flock a male, and u Or, in whose il Or, upon.

fock is. fied ll from the border of Israel. voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord of Heb. from ироп. 6 TA son e honoureth his father, and a corrupt thing: for z I am a great | z Ps. 47. 2.

1 Tim. 6. 15. e Ex. 20. 12. a servant his master : fif then I be King, saith the Lord of hosts, and f Luke 6. 46.

a father, where is mine honour ? and my name is dreadful among the
if I be a master, where is my fear? heathen.

saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O & ch. 2. 14, 17. priests, that despise my name. 8 And

CHAPTER II. & 3. 7, 8, 13.

The priests reproved for neglecting their covenant ; 11 ye say, Wherein have we despised thy and also the people for their idolatry, 14 adultery, | name?

17 and perverseness. ll Or, Bring 7 H1 Ye offer h polluted bread upon ND now, O ye priests, this comunto, &c. h Deut. 15, 21.

mine altar; and ye say, Wherein A mandment is for you.

have we polluted thee? In that ye 2 a If ye will not hear, and if ye a Lev. 26. 14, i Ez. 41. 22. say, i The table of the LORD is con- will not lay it to heart, to give glory 1 28.15.

&c. Deut. ver. 12. temptible.

unto my name, saith the LORD of + Heb. to saco | 8 And kif ye offer the blind + for hosts, I will even send a curse upon rifice. k Lev, 22. 22.

sacrifice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer you, and I will curse your blessings : Deut. 15, 21. the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer yea, I have cursed them already, bever. 14.

it now unto thy governor; will he be cause ye do not lay it to heart. I Job 42. 8. pleased with thee, or laccept thy per-| 3 Behold, I will ll corrupt your seed, 11 Or, reprove.

son? saith the Lord of hosts. and + spread dung upon your faces, + Heb.scatter.

9 And now, I pray you, beseech even the dung of your solemn feasts; + Heb. the + God that he will be gracious unto and ll one shall b take you away with 11, Or, it shall face of God.

take you us : m this hath been + by your means : it. + Heb. from

away to it. your hand. will he regard your persons? saith 4 And ye shall know that I have b 1 Kings 14. m Hos. 13. 9. the LORD of hosts.

10.
sent this commandment unto you,
10 Who is there even among you that my covenant might be with

that would shut the doors for nought? Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. n 1 Cor. 9. 13. n neither do ye kindle fire on mine 5 ° My covenant was with him of life c Num. 25. 12.

Ez. 34. 25. & altar for nought. I have no pleasure and peace; and I gave them to him

37. 26. o 18. 1. 11.

| in you, saith the LORD of hosts, "nei- d for the fear wherewith he feared me, I d Deut. 33. 8, Jer. 6. 20. Am. 5. 21. ther will I accept an offering at your and was afraid before my name. hand.

16 e The law of truth was in his e Deut. 33. 10.

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B.C. mouth, and iniquity was not found

B. C. about 397. in his lips : he walked with me in

CHAPTER III.

about 397. peace and equity, and did ' turn many

The Messenger of the covenant coming to his temple.

7 The rebellion, 8 sacrilege, 13 and perverseness of Jer. 23. 22. away from iniquity.

the people. 16 The promise of blessing to them that James 5. 20. & Lev. 10.11.

fear God. 7 For the priest's lips should keep Deut. 17. 9, knowledge, and they should seek the DEHOLD, a I will send my Mes- a Matt. 11. 10. 10. & 24. 8. Ezra 7. 10. law at his mouth; h for he is the D senger, and he shall b prepare Mark 1.2 Jer. 18. 18.

Luke 1.76.& messenger of the Lord of hosts. Hag.2.11, 12.

the way before me: and the Lord, / 7.27. h Gal. 4. 14. | 8 But ye are departed out of the whom ye seek, shall suddenly come b Is. 40. 3. !! Or, fall in way; ye i have caused many to ! stum- to his temple, even the messenger of c Is. 63. 9.

the law. w ble at the law ; k ye have corrupted the covenant, whom ye delight in : i 1 Sam. 2. 17.

Jer. 18. 15. the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD | behold, d he shall come, saith the d Hag. 2. 7. k Neh. 13. 29. of hosts.

LORD of hosts. 1 1 Sam. 2.30. 9 Therefore have I also made you 2 But who may abide e the day of e ch. 4. 1.

contemptible and base before all the his coming ? and who shall stand Rev. 6. 17.

people, according as ye have not kept when he appeareth ? for she is like 8 See 18. 4. 4. | Or, lifted up my ways, but I have been partial in a refiner's fire, and like fullers' | Matt, 3. 10, the face the law. against.

soap : Heb. accept- 10 m Have we not all one father? | 3 And h he shall sit as a refiner and h Is. 1. 25. ed faces.

nhath not one God created us? why purifier of silver: and he shall purify | Zech. 13. 9. m 1 Cor. 8. 6. Eph. 4.6. do we deal treacherously every man the sons of Levi, and purge them as n Job 31. 15.

against his brother, by profaning the gold and silver, that they may i offer i 1 Pet. 2. 5. covenant of our fathers ?

unto the LORD an offering in right11 | Judah hath dealt treacherously, eousness.

and an abomination is committed in 4 Then * shall the offering of Judah k ch. 1. 11. o Ezra 9.1. & Israel and in Jerusalem ; for Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the 10.2. Neh.

Neb. | hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in 13. 23. || Or, ought to LORD which he ll loved, "and hath former years.

| | Or, ancient. married the daughter of a strange god. 5 And I will come near to you to

12 The Lord will cut off the man judgment; and I will be a swift ll Or, him that that doeth this, Il the master and the witness against the sorcerers, and waketh, and

scholar, out of the tabernacles of Ja- against the adulterers, land against 1 Zech. 5. 4. him that ancob, pand him that offereth an offer- false swearers, and against those that

at swereth.

James 5. 4,

12. p Neh. 13. 23, ing unto the Lord of hosts.

ll oppress the hireling in his wages, 1 Or, defraud. 29.

13 And this have ye done again, the widow, and the fatherless, and
covering the altar of the Lord with that turn aside the stranger from his
tears, with weeping, and with crying right, and fear not me, saith the Lord
out, insomuch that he regardeth not of hosts.
the offering any more, or receiveth it! 6 For I am the Lord, mI change m Num. 23. 19.
with good will at your hand.

not; - therefore ye sons of Jacob are Rom. 11:29 14 | Yet ye say, Wherefore? Be- not consumed.

n Lam. 3. 22. cause the LORD hath been witness | vg Even from the days of your Acts 7.51. 9 Prov. 5. 18. between thee and the wife of thy fathers ye are gone away from mine

youth, against whom thou hast dealt ordinances, and have not kept them. r Prov. 2. 17. treacherously : 'yet is she thy com- P Return unto me, and I will return p Zech. 1. 3.

panion, and the wife of thy covenant. unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. s Matt. 19.

* 15 And s did not he make one? Yet 9 But ye said, Wherein shall we re- q ch. 1. 6. 11 Or, excel had he the l residue of the spirit. | turn?

And wherefore one? That he might | 81 Will a man rob God? Yet ye + Heb. a seed seek tt a godly seed. Therefore take have robbed me. But ye say, Whereof God.

heed to your spirit, and let none deal in have we robbed thee? In tithes r Neh. 13. 10, ll Or, unfaith Il treacherously against the wife of his and offerings. fully. youth.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse : for t Ezra 9.2..

1 Cor. 7. 14. 16 For u the LORD, the God of Israel, ye have robbed me, even this whole || Or, if he hate saith ll that he hateth f putting away : | nation.

s Prov. 3. 9, her, put her for one covereth violence with his 10 - Bring ye all the tithes into tthe 10. away. + Heb. to put

| garment, saith the LORD of hosts : storehouse, that there may be meat t 1 Chr. 26. 21. away. | therefore take heed to your spirit, in mine house, and prove me now | Neh. 10. 38. u Deut. 24. 1. "Matt. 5.32. that ye deal not treacherously. herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if & 13. 12. 19. 8. | 17 [ Ye have wearied the LORD | I will not open you the u windows of “2 Kings 7.2.

u Gen. 7. 11. x 18. 43. 24. Am. 2. 13.

with your words. Yet ye say, Where- heaven, and + * pour you out a blessing, + Heb. empty ch. 3. 13, 14, in have we wearied him? When ye that there shall not be room enough to 15.

* 2 Chr. 31.10. say, Every one that doeth evil is good receive it. in the sight of the LORD, and he de- 11 And I will rebuke y the devourer y Am. 4. 9. lighteth in them; or, Where is the for your sakes, and he shall not + de- + Heb. cor

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