Malachi (Mal´uh-ki)

The book of, the last book of the OT and one of the twelve Minor Prophets. Malachi delivers a harsh critique of the behaviors and attitudes of the priests and the people. The exact context for this oracle cannot be determined with certainty, but it seems to be related to the postexilic oracles that come at the end of the book of Zechariah (Zech 9-14).

Outline of Contents


I. Superscription, identifying the work as an “oracle” and the origin of the message as “my messenger” (Mal 1:1)

II. Introductory oracle, contrasting the fortunes of Jacob-Israel with those of Edom-Esau (Mal 1:2-5)

III. Condemnation of the priests for corrupting worship and not properly teaching the Torah and covenant prescriptions to the people (Mal 1:6-2:9)

IV. Critique of the covenant faithlessness of Judah, who “married the daughter of a foreign god.” The prophet exhorts the people to remain faithful to one another; if they do so, they will bear godly offspring (Mal 2:10-16)

V. Complaint that Israel has wearied God, and an announcement that God will soon come in judgment (Mal 2:17-3:5)

VI. Prophetic appeal for repentance, and an argument against the people’s false testing of God by withholding tithes (Mal 3:6-12)

VII. Rebuke directed at those who spoke against God and God’s faithlessness, and a promise that the God-fearers shall be remembered for righteousness, while the evildoers shall be destroyed (Mal 3:13-4:3)

VIII. Appeal to remember the Torah of Moses before the day of judgment, a day to be preceded by the advent of Elijah and his acts of restoration (Mal 4:4-6)

Zech 9-14

Judgment on Israel's Enemies

1An Oracle.
The word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach
and will rest upon Damascus.
For to the Lord belongs the capital o ... View more

Mal 1:1

1An oracle. The word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.

Mal 1:2-5

Israel Preferred to Edom
2I have loved you, says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” Is not Esau Jacob's brother? says the Lord. Yet I have loved Ja ... View more

Mal 1:6-2:9

Corruption of the Priesthood
6A son honors his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father, where is the honor due me? And if I am a master, where ... View more

Mal 2:10-16

The Covenant Profaned by Judah
10Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ... View more

Mal 2:17-3:5

17You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “All who do evil are good in the sight of the Lord, and he delig ... View more

Mal 3:6-12

6For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished.7Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statut ... View more

Mal 3:13-4:3

13You have spoken harsh words against me, says the Lord. Yet you say, “How have we spoken against you?”14You have said, “It is vain to serve God. What do we pro ... View more

Mal 4:4-6

4Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.5Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah bef ... View more

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