y You have wearied the LORD with your words;
Yet you say,
"In what way have we wearied Him?"
In that you say,
z "Everyone who does evil
Is good in the sight of the LORD,
And He delights in them,"
Or, "Where is the God of justice?"
"Behold, a I send My messenger,
And he will b prepare the way before Me.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
c Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, d He is coming,"
Says the LORD of hosts. 2 "But who can endure e the day of His coming?
And f who can stand when He appears?
For g He is like a refiner's fire
And like launderers' soap. 3 h He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And 1 purge them as gold and silver,
That they may i offer to the LORD
An offering in righteousness. 4 "Then j the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
Will be 2 pleasant to the LORD,
As in the days of old,
As in former years.
And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
k Against perjurers,
Against those who l exploit wage earners and m widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien -
Because they do not fear Me,"
Says the LORD of hosts.