Verse one identifies the author as the Prophet Malachi whose name in Hebrew means My Messenger. The book was written approximately between 440 and 400 B.C. approximately 100 years after the House of Judah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Malachi’s message to the House of Judah was a warning to the people to repent turn back to Elohim. The priest were accepting sacrifices from the people with blemishes and the people were not paying their tithes as well as marring outside their people to pagans. Malachi rebukes his people and reiterates Elohim’s love for His people and His promises of a coming Messenger who will prepare the way for יהוה.
Aleph/Tav את Used in MALACHI: et אֶת 0 times, אֶת־ et- 16 times, אֵת eet 3 times, אֶת־ Et- 0 times, אֵת Eet 0 times, אָתְּ aat 0 time, אַתְּ at 0 times, אַתְּ־ at- 0 times, 0 = Total 19
Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Wa‘at וְאַתְּ 0 times, Wa‘eet וְאֵת 0 time, Wa‘et- וְאֶת־ 4 times = 4 Grand Total 23
Aleph/Tav ALERT: The Book of Malachi is only 4 short chapters and has a total of 24 Aleph/Tav את Symbols. The first Aleph/Tav את Symbol appears in the well-known quote in 1:2 I have loved you, says יהוה. Yet you say in what way have you loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Says יהוה: yet I loved את Jacob, 3 ואת Esau I hated and laid את his mountains waste ואת his heritage (descendants) for the jackals of the wilderness…implying that because of Esau selling his את birthright to Jacob and treated his birthright with contempt, he is hated by the Yah-head (את יהוה) and promises in verse 4 that his descendants shall have His indignation forever.
Now the claim against Judah in verse 1:6 is that they have despised את your Name…1:13 You said also, see, what a burden it is! And you have sniffed at it, says יהוה of Hosts; and you brought that which was torn ואת the lame ואת the sick; so you brought את an offering: should I accept this of your hand says יהוה…implying the unacceptable את offerings were brought to את Y’shua and have polluted His את altar. As a result את Y’shua will send a curse if they do not repent in 2: 2 If you will not hear and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to My name, says יהוה of Hosts, I will even send upon you את a curse and I will curse את your blessings: indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will corrupt your את seed and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one will take you away with it. 4 And you will know that I have sent to you את commandment, this, that might be My covenant את with Levi, says יהוה of Hosts…9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, because you have not kept את My ways, but have shown partiality in the Torah…and if they repent את Y’shua promises in 3: 10 Bring you את all the tithes into the store-house, that there may be food in My house and prove Me now herewith, says יהוה of Hosts, if I will not open you את windows of heaven and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes and he shall not destroy את fruits of your ground…implying the mercy of the Yah-head is abundant for those who will repent and walk in His את ways. 1 John 2:6 for whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Y’shua did.