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Malachi 3:1 – The Messenger Who Will Prepare the Way of the Lord


Malachi announces that God is sending "my messenger to prepare the way before me" (3:1).


All four New Testament Gospels interpret the "messenger to prepare the way before me" as referring to John the Baptist. Mark quotes Malachi 3:1 at the beginning of his Gospel as an announcement of John's ministry (Mark 1:2), though he attributes this to Isaiah. In Matthew 11:10 and Luke 7:27, Jesus himself quotes Malachi 3:1 to describe John.

Malachi 3:1

The Coming Messenger

3See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.

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