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Malachi 4

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God's judgment on the wicked;

4:1 "For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace;
and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble;
and the day that comes will burn them up,"
says Yahweh of Armies,
"that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

and his blessing on the good.

4:2 But to you who fear my name
shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings.
You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall.

4:3 You shall tread down the wicked;
for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,"

says Yahweh of Armies.

He exhorts to the study of the law;

4:4 "Remember the law of Moses my servant,
which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel,
even statutes and ordinances.

and tells of Elijah's coming and office.

4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet [* Matt 11:11-15]
before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes.

4:6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

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