Malachi 3:17
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New International Version
"On the day when I act," says the LORD Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.

New Living Translation
"They will be my people," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. "On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.

English Standard Version
“They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.

New American Standard Bible
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him."

King James Bible
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will be Mine," says the LORD of Hosts, "a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.

International Standard Version
"They'll be mine," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "in the day when I prepare my treasured possession. I'll spare them, just as a man spares his own son who serves him.

NET Bible
"They will belong to me," says the LORD who rules over all, "in the day when I prepare my own special property. I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.

New Heart English Bible
They shall be mine," says the LORD of hosts, "my own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"They will be mine," says the LORD of Armies. "On that day I will make them my special possession. I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, In the day that I do make, even Mine own treasure; And I will spare them, as a man spareth His own son that serveth him.

New American Standard 1977
“And they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall be mine, said the LORD of the hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

American King James Version
And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

American Standard Version
And they shall be mine, saith Jehovah of hosts, even mine own possession, in the day that I make; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall be my special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day that I do judgment: and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him.

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall be unto me a peculiar treasure, saith Jehovah of hosts, in the day that I prepare; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

English Revised Version
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in the day that I do make, even a peculiar treasure; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

World English Bible
They shall be mine," says Yahweh of Armies, "my own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have been to Me, said Jehovah of Hosts, In the day that I am appointing -- a peculiar treasure, And I have had pity on them, As one hath pity on his son who is serving him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Book of Remembrance
16Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17"They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." 18So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.…
Cross References
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Exodus 19:5
'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

Exodus 32:32
"But now, if You will, forgive their sin-- and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"

Deuteronomy 7:6
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Psalm 103:13
Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 135:4
For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession.

Isaiah 4:2
In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.

Isaiah 43:1
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

Isaiah 43:21
"The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.

Malachi 4:3
"You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

they shall.

Songs 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feeds among the lilies.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Jeremiah 32:38,39 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God…

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was …

Ezekiel 36:27,28 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

John 17:9,10,24 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you …

1 Corinthians 3:22,23 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, …

1 Corinthians 6:20 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, …

1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward …

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections …

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

jewels. or, special treasure.

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Deuteronomy 26:17,18 You have avouched the LORD this day to be your God, and to walk in …

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Isaiah 62:3,4 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

and I.

Nehemiah 13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, …

Psalm 103:8-13 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…

Isaiah 26:20,21 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Zephaniah 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, …

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, …

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

son.

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

1 Peter 1:13-16 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

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