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Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces. - Malachi 2:3

Malachi for Skeptics

The book of Malachi is anonymous; Malachi is just a transliteration of the Hebrew words for "my messenger.".

Here are some highlights.

  • God, for some strange reason, "hated Esau." 1:3
  • God also hates the Edomites, and his hatred will last forever. 1:4
  • He continues to demand animal sacrifices. And not just any animals will do. He is insulted when blind, lame, or sick animals are killed for him. 1:8, 13-14
  • Give glory to God or he will curse you. 2:2
  • "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces." 2:3
  • When God spreads dung upon your face, you'll know where it came from. 2:4
  • God will curse you if you don't give him money and meat. 3:8
  • God will burn "the wicked" and the "righteous" will walk around on their ashes. 4:1-3
  • The Old Testament ends fittingly with these words: "lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." 4:6