Bible: Mal 3:1-6

3:1 I am about to send my messenger, 1  who will clear the way before me. Indeed, the Lord 2  you are seeking will suddenly come to his temple, and the messenger 3  of the covenant, whom you long for, is certainly coming,” says the Lord who rules over all.

3:2 Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can keep standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, 4  like a launderer’s soap. 3:3 He will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer the Lord a proper offering. 3:4 The offerings 5  of Judah and Jerusalem 6  will be pleasing to the Lord as in former times and years past.

3:5I 7  will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, 8  and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, 9  who refuse to help 10  the immigrant 11  and in this way show they do not fear me,” says the Lord who rules over all.

Resistance to the Lord through Selfishness

3:6Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, 12  you, sons of Jacob, have not perished.

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