Malachi 3:18
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New International Version
And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

New Living Translation
Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not."

English Standard Version
Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

New American Standard Bible
So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

King James Bible
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him."

International Standard Version
When you return, you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, and between the one who serves God and the one who does not."

NET Bible
Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will again see the difference between righteous people and wicked people, between the one who serves God and the one who doesn't serve him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore become ye converted, and ye shall make a difference between the just and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that did not serve him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not.

American King James Version
Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not.

American Standard Version
Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

English Revised Version
Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

World English Bible
Then you shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who doesn't serve him.

Young's Literal Translation
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.
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 18. - Then shall ye return, and discern; or, ye shall again discern. They had already had many opportunities, both in the history of the nation and the life of individuals, of observing the different treatment of the godly and of sinners; but in the day of the Lord they should have a more plain and convincing proof of God's moral government (comp. Exodus 11:7; Wisd. 5:1-5); "So that men shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous; verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth" (Psalm 58:11).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shall ye return,.... Either the wicked, who will be "converted" (z), as some render the word, and will have a different view of things, and change their minds and language; or they that feared the Lord, who at the time before spoken of will have a new turn of thought, and another and clear discerning of persons and things, and better judge of the dispensations of Providence: some that refer this to the resurrection of the dead, and the last judgment, understand it, as Abarbinel does, of the returning of souls to their bodies, when indeed the difference between persons after described will be very discernible; but it seems to refer to the time of Christ's first coming, and Jerusalem's destruction:

and discern between the righteous and the wicked; the difference between such who are really and truly righteous, who are here meant, even such who believe in Christ, and are justified by his righteousness; and those that are wicked, as all by nature are: though sometimes this character designs the more profane and abandoned, and even professors of religion; the difference between these is not always easily discerned; as for the righteous, they are not known and discerned by the world; and by reason of afflictions, temptations, and sins, they are apt to judge wrong of themselves; and sometimes are so left to fall into sin, that they look like others: and there are wicked men under the appearance of righteous men, as were the Scribes and Pharisees in Christ's time; but by the destruction that came upon them, and the preservation of such as believed in Christ, it was discernible who were wicked, and who were righteous; indeed, at the last day, this difference will be more visible; in the bodies of the righteous, which will be raised glorious, when those of the wicked will not; in their souls, having on the wedding garment, the robe of Christ's righteousness, and perfectly holy; and in their situation, being set at Christ's right hand, and the wicked at his left; and by the characters that will be given of them by the Judge, and the different sentences passed and executed on them:

between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not; that is, between such persons that serve the Lord, and him only, privately and publicly, in righteousness and true holiness, in spirit and in truth, with faith and fervency, with reverence and fear, heartily and willingly, seeking his glory, without any dependence on their services; and those that are ungodly, or only outwardly serve the Lord, for sinister ends, and with selfish views, and according to their own inventions, and the traditions of men, and not the will of God, as the Scribes and Pharisees; between whom, and Christ's sincere disciples and followers, the awful day, described in the next chapter Malachi 4:1, will make a manifest difference.

(z) "et convertemini", Cocceius, Gussetius, so Pagninus, Montanus; "conversi", Drusius, Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Then shall ye … discern—Then shall ye see the falseness of your calumny against God's government (Mal 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" (Ps 58:11).

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

Malachi 3:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Book of Remembrance
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
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Daniel 2:18
He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Amos 5:15
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not.

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Malachi 3:14,15 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that …

Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build …

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my …

Job 17:10 But as for you all, do you return, and come now: for I cannot find …

Jeremiah 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will …

Joel 2:14 Who knows if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him…

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …

discern.

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Psalm 58:10,11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance: he shall …

Isaiah 3:10,11 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Daniel 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands …

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous …

Romans 2:5,6 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

between him.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day …

Daniel 3:17-26 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the …

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…

Romans 6:16-22 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

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