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The Book of Malachi

Updated on February 1, 2010

Malachi is a book of the Old Testament. It is spelled Malachias in Roman Catholic translations. The word means "my messenger" in Hebrew and occurs several times in the text. The book was probably written soon after the fall of Edom, in 460 B.C., a time so troubled by plagues, crop failures, and corruption that many people were losing faith in God. Malachi defends the justice of God, criticizing both people and priests as lacking a high enough standard of morality. The last section of the book predicts a day of judgment when the wicked will be destroyed but the righteous who fear God will flourish.


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