14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling seizes the ungodly:
“Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire?(A)
Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?”(B)

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“See, I am going to send my messenger,(A) and he will clear the way before me.(B) Then the Lord you seek(C) will suddenly come to his temple,(D) the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies. But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will be able to stand when he appears?(E) For he will be like a refiner’s fire(F) and like launderer’s bleach.[a](G)

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Footnotes

  1. 3:2 Lit cleansing agent

and to give relief to you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels, when he takes vengeance with flaming fire(A) on those who don’t know God(B) and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.(C)

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By the same word,(A) the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, being kept for the day of judgment(B) and destruction of the ungodly.

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