14 A day of the Lord 1 is about to come when your possessions 2 will be divided as plunder in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem 3 to wage war; the city will be taken, its houses plundered, and the women raped. Then half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be taken away. 4
3 Then the Lord will go to battle 5 and fight against those nations, just as he fought battles in ancient days. 6 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives which lies to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, leaving a great valley. Half the mountain will move northward and the other half southward. 7 5 Then you will escape 8 through my mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. 9 Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah 10 of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come with all his holy ones with him. 6 On that day there will be no light – the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. 11 7 It will happen in one day (a day known to the Lord); not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light. 12 8 Moreover, on that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, 13 half of them to the eastern sea 14 and half of them to the western sea; 15 it will happen both in summer and in winter.
9 The Lord will then be king over all the earth. In that day the Lord will be seen as one with a single name. 16 10 All the land will change and become like the Arabah 17 from Geba to Rimmon, 18 south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate 19 and on to the Corner Gate, 20 and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 21 11 And people will settle there, and there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination – Jerusalem will dwell in security.
12 But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths. 13 On that day there will be great confusion from the Lord among them; they will seize each other and attack one another violently. 14 Moreover, Judah will fight at 22 Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered up 23 – gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. 15 This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps.
16 Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. 24 17 But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem 25 to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, they will get no rain. 18 If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain – instead there will be the kind of plague which the Lord inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
20 On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “Holy to the Lord.” The cooking pots in the Lord’s temple 26 will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar. 27 21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the Lord who rules over all, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite 28 in the house of the Lord who rules over all.
1 What follows is divine revelation. 1 The word of the Lord came to Israel through Malachi: 2
2 “I have shown love to you,” says the Lord, but you say, “How have you shown love to us?”
“Esau was Jacob’s brother,” the Lord explains, “yet I chose Jacob 3 and rejected Esau. 3 I turned Esau’s 4 mountains into a deserted wasteland 5 and gave his territory 6 to the wild jackals.”
4 Edom 7 says, “Though we are devastated, we will once again build the ruined places.” So the Lord who rules over all 8 responds, “They indeed may build, but I will overthrow. They will be known as 9 the land of evil, the people with whom the Lord is permanently displeased. 5 Your eyes will see it, and then you will say, ‘May the Lord be magnified 10 even beyond the border of Israel!’”
6 “A son naturally honors his father and a slave respects 11 his master. If I am your 12 father, where is my honor? If I am your master, where is my respect? The Lord who rules over all asks you this, you priests who make light of my name! But you reply, ‘How have we made light of your name?’ 7 You are offering improper sacrifices on my altar, yet you ask, ‘How have we offended you?’ By treating the table 13 of the Lord as if it is of no importance! 8 For when you offer blind animals as a sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and sick, 14 is that not wrong as well? Indeed, try offering them 15 to your governor! Will he be pleased with you 16 or show you favor?” asks the Lord who rules over all. 9 But now plead for God’s favor 17 that he might be gracious to us. 18 “With this kind of offering in your hands, how can he be pleased with you?” asks the Lord who rules over all.
10 “I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, 19 so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will no longer accept an offering from you. 11 For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations,” 20 says the Lord who rules over all. 12 “But you are profaning it by saying that the table of the Lord is common and its offerings 21 despicable. 13 You also say, ‘How tiresome it is.’ You turn up your nose at it,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and instead bring what is stolen, lame, or sick. You bring these things for an offering! Should I accept this from you?” 22 asks the Lord. 14 “There will be harsh condemnation for the hypocrite who has a valuable male animal in his flock but vows and sacrifices something inferior to the Lord. For I am a great king,” 23 says the Lord who rules over all, “and my name is awesome among the nations.”
2 “Now, you priests, this commandment is for you. 2 If you do not listen and take seriously 1 the need to honor my name,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will send judgment 2 on you and turn your blessings into curses – indeed, I have already done so because you are not taking it to heart. 3 I am about to discipline your children 3 and will spread offal 4 on your faces, 5 the very offal produced at your festivals, and you will be carried away along with it. 4 Then you will know that I sent this commandment to you so that my covenant 6 may continue to be with Levi,” says the Lord who rules over all. 5 “My covenant with him was designed to bring life and peace. I gave its statutes to him to fill him with awe, and he indeed revered me and stood in awe before me. 6 He taught what was true; 7 sinful words were not found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and integrity, and he turned many people away from sin. 7 For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge of sacred things, and people should seek instruction from him 8 because he is the messenger of the Lord who rules over all. 8 You, however, have turned from the way. You have caused many to violate the law; 9 you have corrupted the covenant with Levi,” 10 says the Lord who rules over all. 9 “Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent to which you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your 11 instruction.”
10 Do we not all have one father? 12 Did not one God create us? Why do we betray one another, in this way making light of the covenant of our ancestors? 11 Judah has become disloyal, and unspeakable sins have been committed in Israel and Jerusalem. 13 For Judah has profaned 14 the holy things that the Lord loves and has turned to a foreign god! 15 12 May the Lord cut off from the community 16 of Jacob every last person who does this, 17 as well as the person who presents improper offerings to the Lord who rules over all!
13 You also do this: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears 18 as you weep and groan, because he no longer pays any attention to the offering nor accepts it favorably from you. 14 Yet you ask, “Why?” The Lord is testifying against you on behalf of the wife you married when you were young, 19 to whom you have become unfaithful even though she is your companion and wife by law. 20 15 No one who has even a small portion of the Spirit in him does this. 21 What did our ancestor 22 do when seeking a child from God? Be attentive, then, to your own spirit, for one should not be disloyal to the wife he took in his youth. 23 16 “I hate divorce,” 24 says the Lord God of Israel, “and the one who is guilty of violence,” 25 says the Lord who rules over all. “Pay attention to your conscience, and do not be unfaithful.”
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” Because you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the Lord’s opinion, 26 and he delights in them,” or “Where is the God of justice?”