Malachai (My Messenger)
1[1-5] This is the vision of the Word of Yahweh to Israel by Malachi. “I’ve loved you,” says Yahweh. Yet you ask, “How have you loved us?” Yahweh says, “Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother? Yet I loved Jacob; but Esau I hated, and destroyed his mountains, and gave his descendents to the wild animals of the countryside.” While Edom (Arab nations) says, “We’re beaten down, but we’ll come back and rebuild the ruins;” Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, “They’ll build it, but I’ll throw it down; and people will call them ‘The Land of Evil,’ yes, the people who Yahweh is angry with forever.” You’ll see, and say, “Yahweh is great, even beyond the border of Israel!”
[6-10] “A child honors a parent, and a worker the boss. If I am like a parent, then where is My honor? And if I am like a boss, where is My respect? Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says to you preachers, who hate My Name, You say, ‘How have we hated Your Name?’ You give unfit offerings on My altar. You say, ‘What have we given you that was unfit?’ In that you say, ‘Yahweh’s table is disgraceful.’ When you offer something less than perfect, isn’t that evil? And when you offer something unfit, isn’t that evil? Present it now to your governmental leaders! Will they be pleased with you? Or will they accept you?” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “Now, please pray for God’s grace, that I may show mercy to you. Will I accept any of you as long as you do such as this?” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you wouldn’t come to worship Me in vain! I am not happy with you,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “nor will I accept an offering from your hand.
[11-14] From the rising of the sun even to its setting, My Name is to be great among the nations, and in every place incense is to be offered to My Name, and a perfect offering because My Name is to be great among the nations,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “But you disrespect it, in that you say, ‘Yahweh’s table is polluted, and its food is disgraceful.’ You say also, ‘See, how tiresome it is!’ and you’ve turned your nose up at it,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation; “and you’ve brought what was stolen; you bring the unfit for the offering. Should I accept such as this from your hand?” says Yahweh. “But the liar will be punished, who has what is perfect, and makes a vow, and then offers to the Lord something unfit or imperfect; because I am a great Ruler,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “and My Name is to be awesome among the nations.”
2[1-4] “Now, you preachers, this word is for you. If you won’t listen, and if you won’t take it to heart, to bring praise to My Name,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “then I’ll punish you, and I’ll take away your blessings. Without a doubt, I’ve punished you already, because you don’t take it to heart. See, I’ll destroy your children, and will spread waste on your faces, even the waste of your feasts; and you’ll be taken away with it. You’ll know that I’ve sent this word to you, that My promised agreement may be with Levi,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation.
[5-9] “I agreed to give them life and peace; and I gave it to those who know Me, and show respect to Me, and honor My Name. He spoke the law of truth, and said nothing wrong. He walked with Me in peace, doing what’s right, and turned many away from sin. For the preacher’s lips should speak knowledge, and they should search the Word of God for what to say; for they are the messenger of Yahweh, the God of All Creation. But you’ve turned from the way and have caused many to be weak in the Word. You have destroyed the promised agreement of Levi,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “So I’ve also made you disgraceful and evil before all the people, because you haven’t kept My ways, nor respected the whole Word of God.
[10-15] You say, “Don’t we all have the same God? Hasn’t one God created all of us? Why do we abuse others everyone coming against another, disrespecting the promised agreement of our ancestors? Judah has abused others, and an evil is done in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has disrespected the holiness of Yahweh which they loved, and has worshiped a foreign god. Yahweh will cut off out of the homes of Jacob those who do this, who fully know what they do, and offer an offering to Yahweh, the God of All Creation. You do this as well; you cover the altar of Yahweh with tears, with crying, and with sighing, because God doesn’t accept your offering any more, nor receives it with good will from your hand. Yet you ask, ‘Why?’ Because Yahweh has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, whom you’ve abused, though she is your equal, and the wife of your promise. Didn’t God make you one with the Spirit? Why did God make you one? Because Yahweh wanted godly children. So pay attention to your spirit, and let none of you abuse the wife of your youth.
[16-17] Yahweh, the God of Israel says, “I hate divorce!” Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, I hate those who cover themselves with violence!” So pay attention to your spirit, that you don’t abuse others. You have tired Yahweh with your words. Yet you ask, ‘How have we tired You?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of Yahweh, and God is happy with them;’ or ‘Where is the God of justice?’
3[1-4] “See, I send My messenger, who will get everything ready for Me; and the God you search for will come suddenly to the Place of Worship; and the messenger of the promised agreement, whom you want, is coming!” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “But who can handle the day I come? And who will stand when I appear? For I am like a refiner’s fire, and like launderer’s soap; and will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and will purify the people of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they’ll offer to Yahweh God the right kind of offerings. Then I, Yahweh, will be happy with the offering of Judah and Jerusalem, as in the old days, and as in early years.
[5-7] I’ll come to you in judgment; and I’ll quickly be a witness against those who use witchcraft, those who worship falsely, the liars, and those who oppress the workers in their wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and who don’t give the foreigners their rights, and don’t respect Me,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “For I, Yahweh, don’t change; so you, people of Jacob, aren’t destroyed. From the days of your ancestors you’ve turned away from My rules, and haven’t kept them. Come back to Me, and I’ll come back to you,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “But you ask, ‘How do we come back?’
[8-12] Will a mere human being dare to steal from God? Yet you steal from Me! But you ask, ‘How have we stolen from You?’ In your tithes and offerings! You’re being punished because you steal from Me, even this whole nation. Bring the whole tithe into the treasury, to provide for My House, and test Me now in this,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “See if I won’t open up the windows of heaven for you, and pour out a blessing for you, so much that you won’t be able to keep it all. I’ll tell the destroyer to stop for your sakes, who won’t destroy your work; nor will you loose your food,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “All nations will call you blessed, for you’ll be a wonderful land,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation.
[13-18] “Your words have been bold against Me,” says Yahweh. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we spoken against you?’ You’ve said, ‘It’s no use serving God;’ and ‘What profit is there if we do what God says, and if we’re sad for not doing what Yahweh, the God of All Creation says?’” Now we call the proud happy; yes, those who do evil are praised; yes, they tempt God, and are not punished. Then those who respected Yahweh spoke one with another; and Yahweh listened, and heard, and a book to remember it was written before God, by those who respected Yahweh, and who honored God’s Name. Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, “They’ll be Mine, My very own people in the day that I take what is Mine; and I’ll spare them, as a parent spares their own children who serve them. Then you’ll come back and know the difference between the good and the evil, between those who serve God and those who don’t.”
4[1-3] “See, the day comes, it burns like fire; and all the proud, and all who do evil, will be burned like stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who know My Name, the sun of goodness will come up and give you new life. You’ll go out, and be like well fed calves in the stall. You’ll stomp on the evil, who’ll be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation.
[4-6] “Remember the law of Moses My servant, which I told him in Horeb for all Israel, even all the laws and rules. See, I’ll send you Elijah, the great preacher, before the awesome day of Yahweh comes, who’ll turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, before I come and punish the earth.