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The Lord would send a messenger (John the Baptist) to prepare the way for the “messenger of the covenant” (Jesus Christ). What would the Christ do? He would purify His people from their sins.

BibleGateway: Malachi 3:1-5

ESV Text: Malachi 3:1-5

KJV Text: Malachi 3:1-5

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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.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 701 :
Prepare the Royal Highway

Hymn: LSB 343 :
Prepare the Royal Highway