3 “Look! I am sending my messenger,*+ and he must clear up a way before me.+ And suddenly there will come to His temple*+ the [true] Lord,*+ whom YOU people are seeking, and the messenger*+ of the covenant+ in whom YOU are delighting.+ Look! He will certainly come,” Jehovah of armies has said.+
2 “But who will be putting up with the day of his coming,+ and who will be the one standing when he appears?+ For he will be like the fire of a refiner+ and like the lye+ of laundrymen.+ 3 And he must sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver+ and must cleanse the sons of Leʹvi;*+ and he must clarify them like gold+ and like silver, and they will certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering+ in righteousness. 4 And the gift offering of Judah and of Jerusalem will actually be gratifying to Jehovah,+ as in the days of long ago and as in the years of antiquity.+
5 “And I will come near to YOU people for the judgment,+ and I will become a speedy witness+ against the sorcerers,+ and against the adulterers,*+ and against those swearing falsely,+ and against those acting fraudulently with the wages of a wage worker,+ with [the] widow+ and with [the] fatherless boy,+ and those turning away the alien resident,+ while they have not feared me,”+ Jehovah of armies has said.
6 “For I am Jehovah; I have not changed.+ And YOU are sons of Jacob; YOU have not come to YOUR finish.+ 7 From the days of YOUR forefathers YOU have turned aside from my regulations and have not kept [them].+ Return to me, and I will return to YOU,”+ Jehovah of armies has said.
And YOU have said: “In what way shall we return?”
And YOU have said: “In what way have we robbed you?”
“In the tenth parts* and in the contributions. 9 With the curse YOU are cursing+ [me],* and me YOU are robbing—the nation in its entirety. 10 Bring all the tenth parts+ into the storehouse, that there may come to be food in my house;+ and test me out, please, in this respect,”+ Jehovah of armies has said, “whether I shall not open to YOU people the floodgates of the heavens+ and actually empty out upon YOU a blessing until there is no more want.”+
And YOU have said: “What have we spoken with one another against you?”+
14 “YOU have said, ‘It is of no value to serve God.+ And what profit is there in that we have kept the obligation to him, and that we have walked dejectedly on account of Jehovah of armies?+ 15 And at present we are pronouncing presumptuous people happy.+ Also, the doers of wickedness have been built up.+ Also, they have tested God* out and keep getting away.’”+
16 At that time those in fear of Jehovah+ spoke with one another, each one with his companion, and Jehovah kept paying attention and listening.+ And a book of remembrance* began to be written up before him+ for those in fear of Jehovah and for those thinking upon his name.+
17 “And they will certainly become mine,”+ Jehovah of armies has said, “at the day when I am producing a special property.+ And I will show compassion upon them, just as a man* shows compassion upon his son who is serving him.+ 18 And YOU people will again certainly see* [the distinction] between a righteous one and a wicked one,+ between one serving God and one who has not served him.”+