4 * “For, look! the day is coming that is burning like the furnace,+ and all the presumptuous ones and all those doing wickedness must become as stubble.+ And the day that is coming will certainly devour them,” Jehovah of armies has said, “so that it will not leave to them either root or bough.+ 2 And to YOU who are in fear of my name the sun of righteousness will certainly shine forth,+ with healing in its wings;+ and YOU will actually go forth and paw the ground like fattened calves.”+ 3 “And YOU people will certainly tread down [the] wicked ones, for they will become as powder under the soles of YOUR feet in the day on which I am acting,”+ Jehovah of armies has said. 4 “Remember, YOU people, the law of Moses my servant with which I commanded him in Hoʹreb concerning all Israel, even regulations and judicial decisions.*+ 5 “Look! I am sending to YOU people E·liʹjah* the prophet+ before the coming of the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah.+ 6 And he must turn the heart of fathers back toward sons, and the heart of sons back toward fathers; in order that I may not come and actually strike the earth* with a devoting [of it] to destruction.”*+
^ TSyVg begin chap. 4 here; in MLXX this is 3:19, and chap. 3 continues to the end of the book.
^ LXX moves vs 4 to follow vs 6, thus making the prophecy end on a hopeful note.
^ “Elijah.” Heb., ʼE·li·yahʹ; LXXVg, “Elias.”
^ Or, “the land.” Heb., ha·ʼaʹrets; Lat., terʹram.
^ Or, “with a ban.” Heb., cheʹrem. Because of this stern ending to this prophecy the Jews have a custom to repeat the reading of vs 5, which has a happy tone. Similar repetitions have been made at the end of other books such as Ecclesiastes, Isaiah and Lamentations.