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Malachi 3:8-12 – Tithing

Summary

Malachi admonishes the people to return the tithe to the Lord (one-tenth of the yield of their land and flocks). Failure to do so is to rob God, but giving the tithe will "pour down for you an overflowing blessing."

Analysis

The tithe was among the laws given in the Torah (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:21-27; Deuteronomy 12:6, 14:22-29; see also Nehemiah 13:12). The tithes were given for the maintenance of the priests (descendants of Aaron) and Levites (non-Aaronic descendants of Levi, whose tasks were the maintenance of the temple), since they were not allotted land as a source of income (Numbers 18:21-24).

Malachi 3:8-12

Do Not Rob God

8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In your tithes and offerings! 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11I will rebuke the locust* for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. 12Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

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