Malachi 3:13
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New International Version
"You have spoken arrogantly against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What have we said against you?'

New Living Translation
"You have said terrible things about me," says the LORD. "But you say, 'What do you mean? What have we said against you?'

English Standard Version
“Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’

New American Standard Bible
"Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?'

King James Bible
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your words against Me are harsh," says the LORD. Yet you ask: "What have we spoken against You?"

International Standard Version
"You have spoken arrogant words against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What did we say against you?'

NET Bible
"You have criticized me sharply," says the LORD, "but you ask, 'How have we criticized you?'

New Heart English Bible
"Your words have been stout against me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against you?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You have used harsh words against me," says the LORD. "You ask, 'How have we spoken against you?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your words have been all too strong against Me, Saith the LORD. Yet ye say: 'Wherein have we spoken against thee?'

New American Standard 1977
“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the LORD. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against Thee?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your words have prevailed against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?

King James 2000 Bible
Your words have been strong against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

American King James Version
Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

American Standard Version
Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah; but ye say, What have we been speaking against thee?

English Revised Version
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein have we spoken against thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

World English Bible
"Your words have been stout against me," says Yahweh. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against you?'

Young's Literal Translation
Hard against Me have been your words, Said Jehovah, and ye have said: 'What have we spoken against Thee?'
Study Bible
Robbing God
12"All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts. 13"Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?' 14"You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts?…
Cross References
Isaiah 46:12
"Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded, Who are far from righteousness.

Jeremiah 44:18
"But since we stopped burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have met our end by the sword and by famine."

Ezekiel 18:25
"Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' Hear now, O house of Israel! Is My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right?

Hosea 7:16
They turn, but not upward, They are like a deceitful bow; Their princes will fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Malachi 3:12
"All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:14
"You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts?
Treasury of Scripture

Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

Your.

Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, Wherein have …

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to …

2 Chronicles 32:14-19 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers …

Job 34:7,8 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water…

Psalm 10:11 He has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hides his face; he …

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Isaiah 28:14,15 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Isaiah 37:23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you …

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

What.

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein …

Malachi 1:6-8 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Malachi 2:14,17 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

(13) Your words . . . against me.--Better, your words put a constraint on me: viz., to prove myself to you to be "the God of judgment."

Spoken.--Or rather, conversed together. (Comp. Malachi 3:16.) They seem to have been in the habit of conversing together, and comparing the promises of God towards them with the then state of affairs. God had promised that they should be a proverb among the nations for blessedness; but, say they, seeing that things are as they are, "we [feel more inclined to] call the proud happy [or blessed]." (See further in Note on Malachi 3:15.)

Verses 13-18. - § 3. The impious murmuring of the people is contrasted with the conduct of those who fear God; and the reward of the pious is set forth. Verse 13. - Your words have been stout against me. Ye have spoken hard words of me (comp. Jude 1:15, where we read of "the hard speeches (σκληρῶν) which ungodly sinners have spoken against" God). Some specimens of these speeches are given in answer to the usual sceptical inquiry. They are of the same character as those in Malachi 2:17, and imply that the course of this world is not directed by a moral Governor. What have we spoken so much (together) against thee! What have we said against thee in our conversations with one another? Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord,.... Hard and strong; they bore very hardly upon him, were exceeding impudent and insolent; murmuring at his providence; arraigning his justice and goodness; and despising his word, worship, and ordinances. Aben Ezra says, this is a prophecy concerning the time to come, that is, the times of the Messiah; and so it describes the Jews in his times.

Yet ye say, what have we spoken so much against thee? or "what have we spoken against thee?" as if they were not guilty in any respect, and as if nothing could be proved against them; and as though the Lord did not know what they had said in their hearts, seeing they had not spoken it with their mouths: though the supplement of our translators, "so much", is confirmed by the Targum, which is,

"and if ye say, how (or in what) have we multiplied speech before thee?''

and so Kimchi observes, that the form in which the Hebrew word is denotes much and frequent speaking: and Abarbinel agrees with him, though he rather thinks it has this sense, "what are we spoken of to thee?" what calumny is this? what accusation do they bring against us to thee? what is it that is reported we say against thee? thus wiping their mouths, as if they were innocent and harmless. 13-18. He notices the complaint of the Jews that it is of no profit to serve Jehovah, for that the ungodly proud are happy; and declares He will soon bring the day when it shall be known that He puts an everlasting distinction between the godly and the ungodly.

words … stout—Hebrew, "hard"; so "the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him" (Jude 15) [Henderson].

have we spoken—The Hebrew expresses at once their assiduity and habit of speaking against God [Vatablus]. The niphal form of the verb implies that these things were said, not directly to God, but of God, to one another (Eze 33:20) [Moore].3:13-18 Among the Jews at this time, some plainly discovered themselves to be children of the wicked one. The yoke of Christ is easy. But those who work wickedness, tempt God by presumptuous sins. Judge of things as they will appear when the doom of these proud sinners comes to be executed. Those that feared the Lord, spake kindly, for preserving and promoting mutual love, when sin thus abounded. They spake one to another, in the language of those that fear the Lord, and think on his name. As evil communications corrupt good minds and manners, so good communications confirm them. A book of remembrance was written before God. He will take care that his children perish not with those that believe not. They shall be vessels of mercy and honour, when the rest are made vessels of wrath and dishonour. The saints are God's jewels; they are dear to him. He will preserve them as his jewels, when the earth is burned up like dross. Those who now own God for theirs, he will then own for his. It is our duty to serve God with the disposition of children; and he will not have his children trained up in idleness; they must do him service from a principle of love. Even God's children stand in need of sparing mercy. All are righteous or wicked, such as serve God, or such as serve him not: all are going to heaven or to hell. We are often deceived in our opinions concerning both the one and the other; but at the bar of Christ, every man's character will be known. As to ourselves, we have need to think among which we shall have our lot; and, as to others, we must judge nothing before the time. But in the end all the world will confess that those alone were wise and happy, who served the Lord and trusted in Him.
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