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1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. 13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

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1 Sarah R = "This verse is quoted by Mark in the beginning of his gospel in reference to John the Baptist, who came as a messenger or forerunner to Jesus Christ, preparing the way for the new covenant that was to come in Him."
2 Cary W = "Create in me a clean heart, oh Lord, and renew a right spirit within me."
3 Sarah R = "Scripture link: Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.""
4 Sarah R = "Surveys show that many Christians do not faithfully give their 10% in tithes. God states here that when we withhold our tithes we are actually robbing HIM. He apparently takes it very seriously. Therefore so should we."
5 angela h = "God already owns everything. He is allowing us to keep 90% of what He gives us the ability to earn. We should remember, He can also take away our ability to earn as well."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Deuteronomy 6:16 says "You shall not test the Lord your God as you tested him at Massah". From here we learn out that we are not to test God by saying "I will do this, if you do this". There is one exception to this rule however and that is in regards to the Commandment of tithing (charity). Here, God is explicitly telling us to test him with charity. "Bring your tithes into the storehouse and prove me wrong... I will pour out blessings upon you and you shall have no room to receive it." This is not only spiritual blessing but physical blessing as well.Tithing/charity is an investment in God's interaction with humanity. When we invest 10% to help others less fortunate than we are, God takes our 10%, increases it, and sends it back to us. If you don't believe it, test Him and give 10% of your earnings to someone in need! I can tell you from personal experience that these blessings are true, I have seen it in my life and the lives of others. Even if one does not believe in "God" but in cosmic energy, "what goes around, comes around" is recognized as universal truth. When we help others in need, these things miraculously come back to us in a positive way."