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Priests and people reproved. MALACHI, 3.

The majesty of Christ. and my name is dreadful among the hea- one ? That he might seek a godly seed. then.

Therefore, take heed to your spirit, and let CHAPTER 2.

none deal treacherously against the wife of 1 He sharply reproveth the priests for neglecting

his youth. their covenant, 11 and the people for idolatry, 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith 14 for adulterý, 17 and for infidelity.

that he hateth putting away: for one coverND now, O ye priests, this commandment eth violence with his garment, saith the LORD

of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not that ye deal not treacherously. lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, 17 | Ye have wearied the LORD with your saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied curse upon you, and I will curse your bless- him? When ye say, Every one that doeth ings: yea, I have cursed them already, because evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and ye do not lay it to heart.

he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and of judgment ? spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take

CHAPTER 3. you away with it.

on that I have con 1 of the messenger, majesty, and grace of Christ. 4 And ye shall know that I have sent this 7 of the rebellion, 8 sacrilege, 13 and infidelity commandment unto you, that my covenant of the people. 16 The promise of blessing to might be with Levi, saith the LORD of them that fear God.

bere part hosts.

EHOLD, I will send my messenger, and 5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before come to his temple, even the messenger of my name.

the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. iniquity was not found in his lips: he walk- 2 But who may abide the day of his com. ed with me in peace and equity, and did turn ing? and who shall stand when he appearmany away from iniquity.

eth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like 7 For the priest's lips should keep know- fullers' soap: ledge, and they should seek the law at his 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of silver: and he shall purify the sons of of hosts.

Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that 8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye they may offer unto the LORD an offering in have caused many to stumble at the law; righteousness. ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jethe LORD of hosts.

rusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the 9 Therefore have I also made you contempt- days of old, and as in former years. ible and base before all the people, according 5. And I will come near to you to judgas ye have not kept my ways, but have been ment; and I will be a swift witness against partial in the law.

the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and 10 Have we not all one father? hath not against false swearers, and against those that one God created us? why do we deal trea- oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, cherously every man against his brother, by and the fatherless, and that turn aside the profaning the covenant of aur fathers ? stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith

11 7 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and the LORD of hosts. an abomination is committed in Israel and 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therein Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned fore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. the holiness of the LORD which he loved, 7 Even from the days of your fathers ye and hath married the daughter of a strange are gone away from mine ordinances, and god.

have not kept them. Return unto me, and I 12 The LORD will cut off the man that will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. doeth this, the master and the scholar, But ye said, Wherein shall we return? out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him 8 7 Will a man rob God ? Yet ye have robthat offereth an offering unto the LORD of bed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed hosts.

thee? In tithes and offerings. 13 And this have ye done again, covering 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have the altar of the LORD with tears, with weep- robbed me, even this whole nation. ing, and with crying out, insomuch that he 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storeregardeth not the offering any more, or re- house, that there may be meat in mine ceiveth it with good will at your hand. house, and prove me now herewith, saith 14 | Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you LORD hath been witness between thee and the windows of heaven, and pour you out a the wife of thy youth, against whom thou blessing, that there shall not be room enough hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy com- to receive it. panion, and the wife of thy covenant.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your 15 And did not he make one? Yet had sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore of your ground; neither shall your vine cast A promise of blessing.

MALACHI, 3. Elijah's coming and office. her fruit before the time in the field, saith

CHAPTER 4, the LORD of hosts.

1 God's judgment on the wicked, 2 and his 12 And all nations shall call you blessed : blessing on the good. 4 He exhorteth to the for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the study of the law, 5 and telleth of Elijah's LORD of hosts.

coming and office. 13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have

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burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, we spoken so much against thee?

and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God : and the day that cometh shall burn them and what profit is it that we have kept his up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave ordinance, and that we have walked mourn- them neither root nor branch. fully before the LORD of hosts?

2 But unto you that fear my name shall 15 And now we call the proud happy; the Sun of righteousness arise with healing yea, they that work wickedness are set in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up; yea, they that tempt God are even de- up as calves of the stall. I livered.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for 16 | Then they that feared the LORD spake they shall be ashes under the soles of your often one to another; and the LORD heark- feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the ened, and heard it, and a book of remem- LORD of hosts. brance was written before him for them that 4 I Remember ye the law of Moses my feared the LORD, and that thought upon his servant, which I commanded unto him in name.

Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD judgments. of hosts, in that day when I make up my 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the projewels; and I will spare them, as a man phet before the coming of the great and spareth his own son that serveth him.

dreadful day of the LORD: 18 Then shall ye return, and discern be- 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers tween the righteous and the wicked, between to the children, and the heart of the chilhim that serveth God and him that serveth dren to their fathers, lest I come and smite him not.

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lick example, was minded to put her away 1 The genealogy of Christ from Abraham to Joseph, 18 He was conceived by the Holy

privily. Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary when

20 But while he thought on these things, she was espoused to Joseph. 19 The angel behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto satisfieth the misdeeming thoughts of Joseph, him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of and interpreteth the names of Christ.

David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy HE book of the generation of Jesus wife: for that which is conceived in her is of

the Holy Ghost. braham,

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his bre- his people from their sins. thren;

22 Now all this was done, that it might be 3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Tha- fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the mar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom prophet, saying, begat Aram;

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and 4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Ami- shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his nadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, Salmon;

God with us. 5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and Jesse;

took unto him his wife: 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and Da- 25 And knew her not till she had brought vid the king begat Solomon of her that had forth her firstborn son: and he called his been the wife of Urias;

name JESUS. 7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam

CHAPTER 2. begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat

1 The wise men out of the east are directed to

Christ by a star. 11 They worship him, and begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

offer their presents. 14 Joseph fleeth into 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham Egypt, with Jesus and his mother. 16 Herod begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; slayeth the children: 20 himself dieth. 23

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Ma- Christ is brought back again into Galilee to nasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Jo

Nazareth. 111 And Josias begat Jechonias and his bre NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem

of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, thren, about the time they were carried away behold, there came wise men from the east to to Babylon :

Jerusalem, 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel be- the Jews ? for we have seen his star in the gat Zorobabel;

east, and are come to worship him. 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud 3 When Herod the king had heard these begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat with him. Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

4 And when he had gathered all the chie! 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar priests and scribes of the people together, begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; he demanded of them where Christ should

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of be born. Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Christ.

Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet, 17 So all the generations from Abraham to 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, David are fourteen generations; and from art not the least among the princes of Juda : David until the carrying away into Baby- for out of thee shall come à Governor, that lon are fourteen generations; and from the shall rule my people Israel. carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called fourteen generations.

the wise men, enquired of them diligently 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was what time the star appeared. on this wise: When as his mother Mary 8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and was espoused to Joseph, before they came to- said, Go and search diligently for the young gether, she was found with child of the Holy child; and when ye have found him, bring Ghost.

me word again, that I may come and worship 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just him also.


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