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Prophets After the Exile

(Category 12 of 16)

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CHAPTER 3 References

1 aMatt. 11:10;
Mark 1:2;
Luke 1:76;
7:27; John
1:23; 2:14, 15
b[Is. 40:3] cIs.
63:9 dHag. 2:7
2 aJer. 10:10;
Joel 2:11;
Nah. 1:6;
[Mal. 4:1] bIs.
33:14; Ezek.
22:14; Rev.
6:17 cIs. 4:4;
Zech. 13:9;
1 Cor.
3:13–15] 3 aIs. 1:25;
Dan. 12:10;
Zech. 13:9
b[1 Pet. 2:5] 1Or refine
4 aMal. 1:11
5 aLev. 19:12;
Zech. 5:4;
[James 5:12] bLev. 19:13;
James 5:4
cEx. 22:22
6 a[Num.
23:19; Rom.
11:29; James
1:17] b[Lam.

The Coming Messenger


1 “Behold, aI send My messenger, And he will bprepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, cEven the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, dHe is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.

2 “But who can endure athe day of His coming? And bwho can stand when He appears? For cHe is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap.
3 aHe will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And 1purge them as gold and silver, That they may boffer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.

4 “Then athe offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be 1pleasant to the LORD, As in the days of old, As in former years.
5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, aAgainst perjurers, Against those who bexploit wage earners and cwidows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien— Because they do not fear Me,” Says the LORD of hosts.

6 “For I am the LORD, aI do not change; bTherefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

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7 Yet from the days of ayour fathers You have gone away from My ordinances And have not kept them. bReturn to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD of hosts. c“But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’

Do Not Rob God

8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ aIn tithes and offerings.
9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
10 aBring all the tithes into the bstorehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the cwindows of heaven And dpour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.

11 “And I will rebuke athe devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts;
12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be aa delightful land,” Says the LORD of hosts.

The People Complain Harshly

13 “Youra words have been 1harsh against Me,” Says the LORD, “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’
14 aYou have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts?
15 So now awe call the proud blessed, For those who do wickedness are 1raised up; They even btempt God and go free.’ ”

7 aActs 7:51
bZech. 1:3
cMal. 1:6
8 aNeh.
10 aProv. 3:9,
10 b1 Chr.
26:20 cGen.
7:11 d2 Chr.
11 aAmos 4:9
12 aDan. 8:9
13 aMal. 2:17
1Lit. strong
14 aJob 21:14
15 aPs. 73:12
bPs. 95:9 1Lit.
16 aPs. 66:16
bHeb. 3:13
cPs. 56:8 1Or
17 aEx. 19:5;
Deut. 7:6; Is.
43:21; [1 Pet.
2:9] bIs. 62:3
cPs. 103:13
1Lit. special
18 a[Ps. 58:11]

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aPs. 21:9;
[Nah. 1:5, 6;
Mal. 3:2, 3;
2 Pet. 3:7] bMal. 3:18 cIs.
5:24; Obad. 18
dAmos 2:9
2 aMal. 3:16
bMatt. 4:16;
Luke 1:78;
Acts 10:43;
2 Cor. 4:6;
Eph. 5:14
3 aMic. 7:10
4 aEx. 20:3
bDeut. 4:10
5 a[Matt.
Mark 9:11–13;
Luke 1:17];
John 1:21
bJoel 2:31
6 aZech. 14:12
bZech. 5:3


A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those awho feared the LORD bspoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So ca book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who 1meditate on His name.

17 “Theya shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My bjewels.1 And cI will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 aThen you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.

The Great Day of God


1 “For behold, athe day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all bthe proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be cstubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will dleave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who afear My name The bSun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
3 aYou shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this,” Says the LORD of hosts.

4 “Remember the aLaw of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With bthe statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you aElijah the prophet bBefore the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and astrike the earth with ba curse.”

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Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the LORD

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 HEAR my voice, O God, in my 1meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, aAnd bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; aThey say, “Who will see them?”

PSALM 64 References

1 1complaint
3 aPs. 58:7
5 aPs. 10:11;
8 aPs. 31:11
9 aJer. 50:28;
10 aJob 22:19;
Ps. 32:11
1 1A promised
2 a[Is. 66:23] 3 aPs. 51:2;
79:9; Is. 6:7;
[Heb. 9:14;
1 John 1:7, 9] 4 aPs. 33:12
bPs. 4:3 cPs.

6 They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.

7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they shall be wounded.
8 So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; aAll who see them shall flee away.
9 All men shall fear, And shall adeclare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing.

10 aThe righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.




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