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    The Book of Malachi

    Chapter 1
    An oracle. The word of Yahweh to Israel through Malachi.

    “I have loved you,” says Yahweh, but you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is Esau not Jacob’s brother?” declares Yahweh. “I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated. I have made his mountain ranges a desolation, and given his inheritance to the jackals of the desert.” If Edom says, “We are shattered, but we will return and rebuild the ruins,” Yahweh of hosts says this: “They may build, but I will tear down; and they will be called a territory of wickedness, and the people with whom Yahweh is angry forever.” Your eyes will see this, and you will say, “Yahweh is great beyond the borders of Israel.”

    “A son honors his father, and a slave his master; but if I am a father, where is my honor, and if I am a master, where is my reverence?” says Yahweh of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. “But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ You are presenting defiled food on my altar! But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ By saying that the table of Yahweh is despised! When you offer a blind animal for sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and the one who is ill, is that not wrong? Present it, please, to your governor! Will he be pleased with you? Will he show you favor?” says Yahweh of hosts. So then, implore the favor of God so that he will be gracious to us. “This is what you have done. Will he show favor to any of you?” says Yahweh of hosts. “Who also among you will shut the temple doors so that you will not kindle fire in vain on my altar? I take no pleasure in you,” says Yahweh of hosts, “and I will not accept an offering from your hand. From the rising of the sun to its setting, my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is being presented to my name, and a pure offering. For my name is great among the nations,” says Yahweh of hosts. “But you are profaning it by saying the table of the Lord is defiled, and its fruit—its food—is despised! And you say, ‘Look! This is a weariness,’ and you sniff with disdain at it,” says Yahweh of hosts. “And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the one that is sick—this you bring as the offering! Should I accept it from your hand?” says Yahweh. “Cursed is the one who cheats, who has in his flock a male and vows it, but instead sacrifices a blemished one to the Lord! For I am a great king,” says Yahweh of hosts, “and my name is awesome among the nations.”

    Chapter 2
    “And so then, O priests, this command is for you: If you will not listen, and if you will not take it to heart to give glory to my name,” says Yahweh of hosts, “then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings; moreover I have already cursed them because you are not taking it to heart. Look! I am going to rebuke your offspring, and I will scatter offal on your faces, the offal of your religious feasts, and you will be carried to it.

    “Then you will know that I have sent to you this command, that my covenant with Levi continues,” says Yahweh of hosts. “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. This required reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe before my name. The instruction of truth was in his mouth, and wickedness was not found on his lips. In peace and in uprightness he walked with me, and he brought back many from sin. For the lips of the priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of Yahweh of hosts. But you, you have turned from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have ruined the covenant of Levi,” says Yahweh of hosts. “And in turn I have made you despised and humbled before all the people, inasmuch as you are not keeping my way, but are favoring your own instruction.”

    Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we unfaithful to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? Judah has been faithless, and a detestable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. Judah has profaned the sanctuary of Yahweh which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. May Yahweh cut off from the tents of Jacob the man who does this, the one who is awake and who answers, and the one who brings an offering to Yahweh of hosts!

    And this you do as well: you cover the altar of Yahweh with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you ask, “For what reason?” Because Yahweh stands as a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have been unfaithful, even though she is your marriage partner and your wife by covenant. Did not one God make them? But a remnant of the spirit is his. And what does the one God desire? An offspring of God. You must be attentive to your spirit, and you must not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. “For I hate divorce,” says Yahweh, the God of Israel, “and he who covers his clothing with violence,” says Yahweh of hosts. “You must be attentive to your spirit and you must not be unfaithful.”

    You have wearied Yahweh with your words, but you ask, “With what have we wearied him?” You have done so when you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of Yahweh, and in them he delights,” or “Where is the God of justice?”

    Chapter 3
    “Look! I am going to send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you are seeking will come suddenly to his temple, and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you are taking pleasure—look!—he is about to come,” says Yahweh of hosts. And who can endure the day of his coming? And who is the one who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, like launderers’ alkali. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the children of Levi, and he will refine them like gold and like silver, and they will present to Yahweh offerings in righteousness. And the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Yahweh, like in the days of old and like in former years.

    “Then I will approach you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers, and against those who swear falsely, and against the oppressors of the hired worker with his wages, the widow and the orphan, and the abusers of the alien, and yet do not fear me,” says Yahweh of hosts.

    “For I, Yahweh, have not changed, and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. From the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my rules, and have not kept them! Return to me and I will return to you,” says Yahweh of hosts, “but you say, ‘How shall we return?’

    Will a human dare to rob God? Yet you are robbing me! And you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In the tithes and the contributions! You are being cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and test me please in this,” says Yahweh of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour forth for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the devourer for you; it will not destroy the fruit of your soil; your vine in the field will not be unfruitful,” says Yahweh of hosts. “And all the nations will call you blessed, because you will be a land in which one takes joy,” says Yahweh of hosts. “Your words have been harsh against me,” says Yahweh. “But you say, ‘How have we spoken together against you?’ You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God! What is the gain if we keep his requirements, and if we walk as mourners before Yahweh of hosts? And now we are calling the arrogant blessed! Not only do those who do wickedness prosper; they also test God and they escape!’”

    Then those who revered Yahweh spoke with one another. And Yahweh listened attentively and heard, and a scroll of remembrance was written before him of those who revere Yahweh and ponder his name. “They will be mine,” says Yahweh of hosts, “on the day that I am acting, my treasured possession. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. You will return and see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.

    Chapter 4
    “For look! The day is about to come, burning like an oven, and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says Yahweh of hosts. “It will not leave behind for them root or branch. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise, with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like fattened calves. You will trample down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I am going to act,” says Yahweh of hosts.

    “Remember the instruction of my servant Moses, which I commanded him at Horeb to all Israel, the rules and regulations. Look! I am going to send to you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh! And he will bring back the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with a ban.”




    Note that Esau (And the first came out red, all his body was like a hairy coat, so they called his name Esau. Genesis 25:25) and Edom (And Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am exhausted!” Therefore his name was called Edom. Genesis 25:30) are the exact same person, the name being used interchangeably throughout the Bible and referred many times in the Old Testament. Also note the significance "red" when referring to Esau (Edom).


    I believe the first chapter of Malachi is warning us not to follow the path of Esau (Edom) by using vulgar gold as a shortcut in our Art but to instead follow the way of Jacob (Israel) by using our one Universal Matter.

    Yahweh says that he hates Esau (Edom) but loves Jacob (Israel), and that by using vulgar gold we are profaning the sanctity of the Great Work (“But you are profaning it by saying the table of the Lord is defiled, and its fruit—its food—is despised! Malachi 1:12). In this last verse of this first chapter in Malachi this is again reiterated (“Cursed is the one who cheats, who has in his flock a male and vows it, but instead sacrifices a blemished one to the Lord! For I am a great king,” says Yahweh of hosts, “and my name is awesome among the nations.” Malachi 1:14).


    The second chapter of Malachi specifically verses one through nine reinstates that there is one way, the way, which is the way of the Ancients and the path we should be following, and warns against straying from this correct path by "favoring your own instruction".

    The middle part of the second chapter reiterates this again (Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we unfaithful to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? Judah has been faithless, and a detestable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. Judah has profaned the sanctuary of Yahweh which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. Malachi 2:10-11).

    The subject of the end of the second chapter is One (Did not one God make them? But a remnant of the spirit is his. And what does the one God desire? An offspring of God. You must be attentive to your spirit, and you must not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15)


    "Alkali" is used in Malachi in the third chapter in the second verse which is interesting to note that this is the only time this word "alkali" is used in the entire Bible (And who can endure the day of his coming? And who is the one who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, like launderers’ alkali. Malachi 3:2). Notice how right after the word "alkali" is used, the subject is immediately changed to precious metals, gold & silver (He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the children of Levi, and he will refine them like gold and like silver, and they will present to Yahweh offerings in righteousness. And the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Yahweh, like in the days of old and like in former years. Malachi 3:3-4). I am of the opinion that when Jerusalem (a city in Judah) is used in an esoteric sense in the Old Testament it is used in reference to the way of the Ancients...the Universal Way.


    The 'sorcerers' and 'adulterers' referred to in the third chapter of Malachi refers to those who have profaned our Art by using vulgar gold as a shortcut (“Then I will approach you for judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers, and against those who swear falsely, and against the oppressors of the hired worker with his wages, the widow and the orphan, and the abusers of the alien, and yet do not fear me,” says Yahweh of hosts. “For I, Yahweh, have not changed, and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. From the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my rules, and have not kept them! Return to me and I will return to you,” says Yahweh of hosts. Malachi 3:5-7). Note the emphasis placed on returning to the way of our Ancestors.


    Again the Universal Way is stressed in the middle of the third chapter (Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and test me please in this,” says Yahweh of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour forth for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the devourer for you; it will not destroy the fruit of your soil; your vine in the field will not be unfruitful,” says Yahweh of hosts. Malachi 3:10-11). It is confirmed we will not be unfruitful if we follow this path!


    The last chapter of Malachi is brief; a short closing, esoterically written for those with Open eyes. (But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise, with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like fattened calves. You will trample down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I am going to act,” says Yahweh of hosts. Malachi 4:2-3)


    At the end of the book of Malachi Elijah is mentioned (Look! I am going to send to you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh! And he will bring back the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with a ban.” Malachi 4:5-6). Elias The Artist, Elijah, and Elisha are all used when referring to our Art so my ears always pique when I see these names mentioned in any work of literature.

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    I love your post!!!!

    Also, have in mind the importance that Qabalah gave to this story.

    This story mirrors the story of the Fall of Man... and it's one more version of the classical myth of the "two rival brothers" (Osiris and Set, Cain and Abel, etc)

    Edom (ADVM, but also spelled ADM many times) means "red", but also mirrors the name of "Adam" (ADM /Man)... and ADM also stands for "making something solid" (coagula).

    The myth of the "two brothers" often includes an "evil" trickster/deceiver brother.... and a "good" and pious brother.

    This story is somehow an exception, because Esau was somehow deceived/tricked by Joakob... but Jakob is the "good son" and Esau is the "bad son".

    In some forms of Goetia, the Edomites mirror the Qlippoth ("demons" would be a horrible translation, but it's easier than a complex translation)... whilst the Israelites mirror the Sephiroth ("emanations of God" is another horrible translation, but it somehow gives an idea of the meaning for those who are not into Qabalah). The main idea of the Goetia is to bring back those "demons" to its Divine Origin (i.e, to make them "perfect" again).

    Jakob literally means "The one who holds the ankles", but also "the supplanter".

    The trick that Jakob did was to steal the rights of the "first-born" to Esau (the first born in the Jewish tradition is the "important brother" and the true "heir" of the father).

    Now... we have Esau who is Edom (Man, Red, Coagula) and Jakob (supplanter) who becomes Israel ("he that striveth with God").

    It is possible to make a different interpretation and understand that Esau is the "vile matter" that through a process of Solve (Jakob) has to be perfected to create the Stone.

    I mean, understanding Esau/Edom and Jakob/Israel as a "process" rather than as symbols of "the bad alchemist" and the "good alchemist" and maybe think that Esau and Jakob (as rivals) have to be united to create the Stone.

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