Bible: Malachi 3:6-12

Resistance to the Lord through Selfishness

3:6Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, 1  you, sons of Jacob, have not perished. 3:7 From the days of your ancestors you have ignored 2  my commandments 3  and have not kept them! Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?’ 3:8 Can a person rob 4  God? You indeed are robbing me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and contributions! 5  3:9 You are bound for judgment 6  because you are robbing me – this whole nation is guilty. 7 

3:10Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse 8  so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all. 3:11 Then I will stop the plague 9  from ruining your crops, 10  and the vine will not lose its fruit before harvest,” says the Lord who rules over all. 3:12 All nations will call you happy, for you indeed will live in 11  a delightful land,” says the Lord who rules over all.

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