|Malachi 3: 13 - 20
||"Your words have been stout against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, `How have we spoken against thee?'
||You have said, `It is vain to serve God. What is the good of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts?
||Henceforth we deem the arrogant blessed; evildoers not only prosper but when they put God to the test they escape.'"
||Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another; the LORD heeded and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and thought on his name.
||"They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.
||Then once more you shall distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.