Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

玛拉基书 3

1万军之耶和华说:“我要差遣我的使者为我开路。你们所寻求的主必突然来到祂的殿中。你们所期盼的那位立约的使者快要来了!” 然而,祂来临的日子,谁能承受得了呢?祂出现的时候,谁能站立得住呢?因为祂像炼金之火,又像漂白衣裳的碱。 祂要坐下来,像炼净银子的人那样洁净利未的子孙,像熬炼金银一样熬炼他们,使他们凭公义向耶和华献祭。 这样,犹大和耶路撒冷所献的祭物就会蒙耶和华悦纳,如同以往的日子、从前的岁月。

万军之耶和华说:“我要来到你们当中施行审判,速速作证指控那些行邪术的、通奸的、起假誓的、克扣工人薪水的、欺压寡妇孤儿的、冤枉异乡人的,以及不敬畏我的。

十分之一奉献

“我耶和华永恒不变,所以你们这些雅各的子孙才没有灭绝。” 万军之耶和华说:“从你们祖先开始,你们就常常偏离我的律例,不肯遵从。现在你们要转向我,我就转向你们。可是你们竟然说,‘我们怎么转向你呢?’ 人怎可抢夺上帝的东西呢?可是你们不但抢夺我的东西,还说,‘我们在何事上抢过你的东西呢?’

“你们在十分之一的奉献和其他供物上抢夺我的东西。 举国上下都是如此,所以你们必受咒诅。” 10 万军之耶和华说:“你们要把当纳的十分之一全部送到我的仓库,使我的殿中有粮。你们这样试试,看我会不会为你们打开天上的窗户,把祝福倾倒给你们,直到无处可容。” 11 万军之耶和华说:“我必为你们驱除害虫,不许它们毁坏你们地里的出产,你们田间的葡萄必不会未熟先落。” 12 万军之耶和华说:“万国必称你们为有福的,因为这地方必成为一片乐土。”

13 耶和华说:“你们出言毁谤我,还问,‘我们怎么毁谤你了?’ 14 你们说,‘事奉上帝是虚空的。遵从上帝的吩咐,在万军之耶和华面前痛悔有什么益处? 15 如今我们称狂傲的人有福,因为作恶的人凡事顺利,他们虽然试探上帝,却仍能逃过灾祸。’”

16 那时,敬畏耶和华的彼此交谈,耶和华必留心倾听,祂面前的纪念册上记录着敬畏祂和尊崇祂名的人。 17 万军之耶和华说:“到我所定的日子,他们必成为我宝贵的产业,我要怜悯他们,如同父亲怜悯他的孝顺儿子。 18 那时,你们将再度看出义人与恶人之间的区别,事奉上帝者和不事奉上帝者之间的不同。

New International Version - UK

Malachi 3

1‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Breaking covenant by withholding tithes

‘I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.

‘But you ask, “How are we to return?”

‘Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

‘But you ask, “How are we robbing you?”

‘In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – your whole nation – because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the Lord Almighty. 12 ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Israel speaks arrogantly against God

13 ‘You have spoken arrogantly against me,’ says the Lord.

‘Yet you ask, “What have we said against you?”

14 ‘You have said, “It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.”’

The faithful remnant

16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honoured his name.

17 ‘On the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.