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Malachi 3:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And ye shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So shall ye return, and see the difference, between the righteous and the lawless,—between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And ye have turned back and considered, Between the righteous and the wicked, Between the servant of God and him who is not His servant.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And you shall return, and shall see the difference between the just and the wicked: and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then shall yee returne and discerne betweene the righteous and the wicked, betweene him that serueth God, and him that serueth him not.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, and between him that serves God, and him that serves [him] not.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth Elohim and him that serveth him not.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then shall ye return, 7725
{7725} Prime
שׁוּב
shuwb
{shoob}
A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
and discern 7200
{7200} Prime
רָאָה
ra'ah
{raw-aw'}
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
between x996
(0996) Complement
בַּיִן
beyn
{bane}
(Sometimes in the plural masculine or feminine); properly the constructively contracted form of an otherwise unused noun from H0995; a distinction; but used only as a preposition, between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjugation, either... or.
the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
צַדִּיק
tsaddiyq
{tsad-deek'}
From H6663; just.
and the wicked, 7563
{7563} Prime
רָשָׁע
rasha`
{raw-shaw'}
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
between x996
(0996) Complement
בַּיִן
beyn
{bane}
(Sometimes in the plural masculine or feminine); properly the constructively contracted form of an otherwise unused noun from H0995; a distinction; but used only as a preposition, between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjugation, either... or.
him that serveth 5647
{5647} Prime
עָבַד
`abad
{aw-bad'}
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
and him x834
(0834) Complement
אֲשֶׁר
'asher
{ash-er'}
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
that serveth 5647
{5647} Prime
עָבַד
`abad
{aw-bad'}
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
him not. x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Malachi 3:13-18.


Malachi 3:18

_ _ Then shall ye ... discern — Then shall ye see the falseness of your calumny against God’s government (Malachi 3:15), that the “proud” and wicked prosper. Do not judge before the time till My work is complete. It is in part to test your disposition to trust in God in spite of perplexing appearances, and in order to make your service less mercenary, that the present blended state is allowed; but at last all (“ye,” both godly and ungodly) shall see the eternal difference there really is “between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not” (Psalms 58:11).

_ _ return — Ye shall turn to a better state of mind on this point.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Malachi 3:13-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Malachi 3:18

Ye — Ye contemners of God and religion, return to your reason, forced by the convincing power of God's judgments. Discern — Clearly see the happiness of the righteous, and your own misery, who perish in your wickedness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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shall:

Malachi 3:14-15 Ye have said, It [is] vain to serve God: and what profit [is it] that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? ... And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are even delivered.
Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness [is] in it.
Job 17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.
Jeremiah 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
Joel 2:14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; [even] a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

discern:

Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Psalms 58:10-11 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. ... So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Isaiah 3:10-11 Say ye to the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. ... Woe unto the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Daniel 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. ... And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Romans 2:5-6 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; ... Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 [Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: ... When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

between him:

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Daniel 3:17-26 If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. ... Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, [and] spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come [hither]. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.
Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Romans 6:16-22 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? ... But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
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Gn 18:25. Jsh 24:15. Jb 6:29; 17:10. Ps 58:10. Is 3:10. Jr 12:15. Dn 3:17; 12:1. Jol 2:14. Zc 1:6. Mal 1:4; 3:14. Mt 25:46. Jn 12:26. Ac 16:17; 27:23. Ro 1:9; 2:5; 6:16. 1Th 1:9. 2Th 1:5.

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