Old Testament


Malachi, 4 chapters, writ to returned exiles,
Calls complacent ones to renewal; prophesies
(Chapter 3) that the Lord will suddenly appear
In His temple, purifying, drawing men near,
Purging like a refiner's fire, so they Him bless,
And bring to Him a pure off'ring in righteousness.
God urges: "You've robbed Me; tithes to the storehouse bring!"
"Prove Me thus: heaven's windows will be opening!"
"The Sun of righteousness will rise," chapter 4 sings,
"To those that fear My Name, with healing in His wings!"
The book closes saying Elijah will be sent
Fore the dreadful day of the Lord that men repent.

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