Malachi 3:15
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New International Version
But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.'"

New Living Translation
From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.'"

English Standard Version
And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

New American Standard Bible
'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"

King James Bible
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."

International Standard Version
and, 'Now we call the arrogant one blessed. Those who do evil prosper and those who challenge God escape the consequences.'"

NET Bible
So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. In fact, those who challenge God escape!'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So now we call arrogant people blessed. Not only are evildoers encouraged, they even test God and get away with it.'"

Jubilee Bible 2000
We say, therefore, now, that blessed are the proud and even that those that work wickedness are prospered; those that tempted God have escaped.

King James 2000 Bible
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are raised up; yea, they that test God are even delivered.

American King James Version
And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.

American Standard Version
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and escape.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.

Darby Bible Translation
And now we hold the proud for happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and they escape.

English Revised Version
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and are delivered.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; even they that tempt God are delivered.

World English Bible
Now we call the proud happy; yes, those who work wickedness are built up; yes, they tempt God, and escape.'

Young's Literal Translation
And now, we are declaring the proud happy, Yea, built up have been those doing wickedness, Yea they have tempted God, and escape.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - We call the proud happy. This is still the speech of the murmurers. We, they say, do not reckon the humble and meek blessed; we consider that the only blessed ones are the arrogant heathen, or free thinkers, who meet with prosperity and happiness in this world. For the "proud," the LXX. has, ἀλλοτρίους, "strangers," which, doubtless, gives the meaning (comp. Isaiah 13:11). Are set up; literally, are built up - have wealth and families, and leave a name behind them (Psalm 17:14; see in the original, Genesis 16:2; Genesis 30:3; and comp. Exodus 1:21; Jeremiah 12:16, where the phrase, "being built," includes all temporal prosperity). They that tempt God are even delivered; they tempt God, and are delivered (ver. 10). They try and provoke God by their impiety, and yet escape punishment. Septuagint, Ἀντέστησαν τῷ Θεῷ καὶ ἐσώθησαν, "They resist God, and yet are safe."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now we call the proud happy,.... Or "therefore now" (q); since this is the case, that the worshippers of God are not regarded, and there is nothing got by serving him; they that are proud and haughty, that neither fear God nor regard men, are the happy persons; even presumptuous sinners, as the word (r) signifies, that stretch out their hands against God, and strengthen themselves against the Almighty; these enjoy all worldly happiness, while they that serve the Lord are mourning in sackcloth, and are in the utmost distress. The Targum explains it of the ungodly, and as it is explained in the following clause:

yea, they that work wickedness are set up: or "built up" (s); or "seeing, because", or "for they that work" (t), &c.; they are increased with children, by which their houses or families are built up; they are in a well settled and established condition; they abound in riches and honours; they are set in high places, and are in great esteem among men, even such who make it their constant business to commit sin:

yea, they that tempt God; or "yea, they tempt God" (u); by their wicked words and actions, and try whether he will cause his judgments to fall upon them, which he has threatened to such sinners; see Isaiah 5:18,

are even delivered; or, "and are delivered" (w); from the punishment threatened; they escape it, and go on with impunity; from which observations these persons reasoned that there was no God of judgment, or that judged in the earth; that there was no providence concerned about human affairs; and that there was nothing in religion; and these were the hard and stout words which they spoke against the Lord.

(q) "ergo nunc", V. L.; "igitur", Cocceius; "adeoque", Burkius. (r) "arrogantes", V. L.; "feroces", Cocceius. (s) "aedificati sunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Burkius; "aedificantur", Vatablus, Tigurine version, Calvin, Junius & Tremellius. (t) "siquidem", V. L.; "nam", Piscator, Noldius. (u) "etiam probaverunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Burkius. (w) "et evaserunt", Pagninus, Montanus; "et effugerunt", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. And now—Since we who serve Jehovah are not prosperous and "the proud" heathen flourish in prosperity, we must pronounce them the favorites of God (Mal 2:17; Ps 73:12).

set up—literally, "built up": metaphor from architecture (Pr 24:3; compare Ge 16:2, Margin; Ge 30:3, Margin.)

tempt God—dare God to punish them, by breaking His laws (Ps 95:9).

Malachi 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Robbing God
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? 15'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"
Cross References
Psalm 58:2
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Psalm 141:4
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.

Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Jeremiah 7:10
and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"--safe to do all these detestable things?

Jeremiah 12:1
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Malachi 4:1
"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
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And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.

we call.

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

Esther 5:10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, …

Psalm 73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase …

Daniel 4:30,37 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 5:20-28 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, …

Acts 12:21 And on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne, …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

yea.

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

Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are …

Job 21:7-15,30 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous …

Ecclesiastes 9:1,2 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that …

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Habakkuk 1:13-17 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: …

set. Heb. built.

Job 22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put …

they that tempt.

Numbers 14:22,23 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, …

Daniel 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into …

Psalm 78:18,41,56 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust…

Psalm 95:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

Psalm 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

Matthew 4:6,7 And said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for …

Acts 5:9 Then Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to …

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were …

Hebrews 3:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

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