Bible: Malachi 3:16-4:6

3:16 Then those who respected 1  the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord took notice. 2  A scroll 3  was prepared before him in which were recorded the names of those who respected the Lord and honored his name. 3:17 They will belong to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare my own special property. 4  I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 3:18 Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between 5  the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.

4:1 6  “For indeed the day 7  is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It 8  will not leave even a root or branch. 4:2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 9  will rise with healing wings, 10  and you will skip about 11  like calves released from the stall. 4:3 You will trample on the wicked, for they will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord who rules over all.

Restoration through the Lord

4:4Remember the law of my servant Moses, to whom at Horeb 12  I gave rules and regulations for all Israel to obey. 13  4:5 Look, I will send you Elijah 14  the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. 4:6 He will encourage fathers and their children to return to me, 15  so that I will not come and strike the earth with judgment.” 16 

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