1 Behold, I will a my b, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly c to his d, even the e of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
2 But who may a the b of his c? and who shall d when he appeareth? for he is like a e f, and like fullers’ g:
3 And he shall sit as a a and purifier of silver: and he shall b the c of d, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an e in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of a and Jerusalem be b unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
5 And I will come near to you to a; and I will be a swift witness against the b, and against the c, and against d swearers, and against those that e the hireling in his f, the g, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the h from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
6 For I am the Lord, I a; therefore ye sons of b are not c.
7 ¶Even from the days of your a ye are gone away from mine b, and have not kept them. c unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 ¶a a man b God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In c and offerings.
9 Ye are a with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the a into the storehouse, that there may be b in mine house, and c me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not d you the e, and pour you out a f, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will a the b for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13 ¶Your words have been a against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is a to serve God: and what b is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the a happy; yea, they that work b are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 ¶Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a a of b was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be a, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my b; and I will c them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and a between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.