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THE burden of

Is. 59. 19.


10. 15.

23. 1 Tim. 2. 8. 8 Rev. 8. 3.

us ?

b Rom. 9. 13.

c Jer. 49. 18, Ez. 35. 3, 4,

u ver. 7.

have blown it away.


x Lev. 22. 20, &c.

d Ps. 35. 27.

| Or, upon.

flock is.

upon. e Ex. 20. 12. f Luke 6. 46.

1 Tim. 6. 15.

B. C.

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

Israel's 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 ? among THE burden of the word of the the Gentiles; rand in every place Sin

every place sin- p Ps. 113. 3. + Heb. by the 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: for my name r John 4. 21, a Deut. 7. 8. & Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved shall be great among the heathen,

Was not Esau Jacob's brother? | saith the LORD of hosts. saith the Lord: yet b I loved Jacob, 12 I But ye have profaned it, in * 18. 66. 19, 20.

3 And I hated Esau, and laid his that ye say, " The table of the LORD 7, 9, 14, 15. mountains and his heritage waste for is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even Obád. ío, &c. the dragons of the wilderness. his 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! Il and ye have snuff- ! Or, whereas

ye might
build the desolate places ; thus saith ed at it, saith the Lord of hosts ;
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-
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. shall say, 4 The Lord will be magni- I which hath in his flock a male, and 4 Or, in whose fied il from the border of Israel.

voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord Heb. from

6 [ A son honoureth his father, and a corrupt thing: for 2 I am a great z Ps: 47. 2.
a servant his master : fif then I be King, saith the Lord of hosts, and
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

8 ch. 2. 14, 17. priests, that despise my name. & And
& 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? || Or, Bring unto, &c. mine altar; say

mandment is for you. have we polluted thee?

2 a If ye will not hear, and if ye a Lev. 26. 14, say, i The table of the LORD is con- will not lay it to heart, to give glory

28. 15, &c. temptible.

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

sacrifice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer you, and I will curse your blessings :
the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer yea, I have cursed them already, be-
it now unto thy governor; will he be cause ye do not lay it to heart.
pleased with thee, or 'accept thy per- 3 Behold, I will li 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;

+ God that he will be gracious unto and ll one shall take you away with 11 0r, it shall face of God.

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

will he regard your persons ? saith 4 And ye shall know that I have b1 Kings 14.
the LORD of hosts.

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 neither do ye kindle fire on mine 5 ° My covenant was with him of life
altar for nought. I have no pleasure and peace; and I gave them to him
in you, saith the LORD of hosts, "nei- a for the fear wherewith he feared me,
ther will I accept an offering at your and was afraid before my name.

17 and perverseness.

ine Yeltoffer polluted bread hupon A Dangment we fpriests, this com

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your hand. m Hos. 13. 9.

6 e The law of truth was in his


n 1 Cor. 9. 13.

c Num. 25. 19.
Ez. 34. 25. &
37. 26.
d Deut. 33, 8,

o Is. 1. 11.
Jer. 6. 20.
Am. 5. 21.

e Deut. 33. 10.

The people reproved.


The Messiah's coming.

fear God.

f Jer. 23. 22

James 5. 20. g Lev. 10.11. Deut. 17. 9, 10, & 24. 8. Ezra 7. 10. Jer. 18. 18.

a Matt. 11.10.
Mark 1. 2.
Luke 1. 76. &
7. 27.
b Is. 40. 3.

h Gal. 4. 14. || Or, fall in

the law. i i Sam. 2. 17.

Jer. 18. 15. k Neh. 13. 29.

11 Sam. 2. 30.

f Rev. 6. 17.

g See Is. 4. 4. Matt. 3. 10,

11, 12.


Zech. 13. 9.

ed faces. m 1 Cor. 8. 6.

Eph. 4.6. n Job 31. 15.

10. 2. Neh. 13. 23.



B. C. mouth, and iniquity was not found

B. C.

CHAPTER III. about 397. in his lips : he walked with me in

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
away from iniquity.

the people. 16 The promise of blessing to them that
7. For the priest's lips should keep
knowledge, and they should seek the

law at his mouth : h for he is the

senger, and he shall b

prepare Hag.2. 11, 12. messenger of the Lord of hosts.

the way before me: and the Lord, 8 But ye are departed out of the whom ye seek, shall suddenly come way; ye i have caused many to stum- to his temple, o even the messenger of C Is. 63. 9. ble at the law ; k ye have corrupted the covenant, whom ye delight in: the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord behold, d he shall come, saith the

d Hag. 2. 7. of hosts.

Lord of hosts. 9 Therefore I 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

people, according as ye have not kept when he appeareth? for she is like 1. Or, lifted up my ways, but I have been partial in a refiner's fire,

a refiner's fire, and like fullers’ the face the law.

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

n hath not one God created us? why purifier of silver: and he shall purify
do we deal treacherously every man the sons of Levi, and purge them as
against his brother, by profaning the gold and silver, that they may ' offer i 1 Pet. 2. 5.
covenant of our fathers ?

unto the LORD an offering in right-
11 | Judah hath dealt treacherously, eousness.

and an abomination is committed in 4 Then k 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

hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in | 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 || Or, him that that doeth this, the master and the witness against the sorcerers, and waketh, and him that an

scholar, out of the tabernacles of Ja- against the adulterers, land against 1 Zech. 5. 4.

cob, pand him that offereth an offer- false swearers, and against those that p Neh. 13. 28, ing unto the LORD of hosts.

oppress the hireling in his wages, Or, defraud. 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 14 | Yet ye say, Wherefore? Be- not consumed. cause the LORD hath been witness 7 | Even from the days of your Acts 7. 51. between thee and 9 the wife of thy fathers ye are gone away from mine youth, against whom thou hast dealt ordinances, and have not kept them. 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. 4,

15 And s did not he make one ? Yet 9 But ye said, Wherein shall we re|| Or, excel

had he the residue of the spirit. turn? lency. And wherefore one? That he might

That he might 81 Will a man rob God? Yet ye + Heb. a seed seek #ta godly seed. Therefore take have robbed me. But ye say, Where

heed to your spirit, and let none deal in have we robbed thee? r In tithes 11 Or, unfaith- Il treacherously against the wife of his and offerings. fully. youth.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse : for 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, ye have robbed me, even this whole || Or, if he hate saith ll that he hateth † putting away : nation. her, put her for one covereth violence with his

10 * Bring ye all the tithes into tthe + Heb. to put garment, saith the Lord of hosts : storehouse, that there may be meat

therefore take heed to your spirit, in mine house, and prove me now Matt. 5. 32. & that ye deal not treacherously. herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if 17 1 Ye have wearied the LORD I will not open you the u windows of

2 Kings 7. 2. . 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

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-
God of judgment ?

stroy the fruits of your ground; nei

James 5. 4, 12.

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