Malachi 3:2
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New International Version
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.

New Living Translation
"But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes.

English Standard Version
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.

New American Standard Bible
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.

King James Bible
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But who can endure the day of His coming? And who will be able to stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner's fire and like cleansing lye.

International Standard Version
But who will survive the day when he comes? Or who can stand when he appears? Because he's like a refiner's fire and a launderer's soap,

NET Bible
Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can keep standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like a launderer's soap.

New Heart English Bible
"But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like launderer's soap;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But who will be able to endure the day he comes? Who will be able to survive on the day he appears? He is like a purifying fire and like a cleansing soap.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire, And like fullers' soap;

New American Standard 1977
“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But who may abide the time of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he shall be like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap:

King James 2000 Bible
But who may endure the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

American King James Version
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

American Standard Version
But who can abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller's herb:

Darby Bible Translation
But who shall endure the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he will be like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' lye.

English Revised Version
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Webster's Bible Translation
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap.

World English Bible
"But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like launderer's soap;

Young's Literal Translation
And who is bearing the day of his coming? And who is standing in his appearing? For he is as fire of a refiner, And as soap of a fuller.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-6 The first words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of those days. Here is a prophecy of the appearing of John the Baptist. He is Christ's harbinger. He shall prepare the way before him, by calling men to repentance. The Messiah had been long called, He that should come, and now shortly he will come. He is the Messenger of the covenant. Those who seek Jesus, shall find pleasure in him, often when not looked for. The Lord Jesus, prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple, by the ministry of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, and he enters it as the Messenger of peace and consolation. No hypocrite or formalist can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. Christ came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile. He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify and reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerate and cleanse souls. He will take away the dross found in them. He will separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless and useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions and temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take care it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and this trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked. Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted. Where no fear of God is, no good is to be expected. Evil pursues sinners. God is unchangeable. And though the sentence against evil works be not executed speedily, yet it will be executed; the Lord is as much an enemy to sin as ever. We may all apply this to ourselves. Because we have to do with a God that changes not, therefore it is that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not.
Study Bible
The Coming Day of Judgment
1"Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. 2"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3"He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:10
The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

1 Corinthians 3:13
his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man's work.

Revelation 6:17
For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?"

1 Samuel 6:20
The men of Beth-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?"

Psalm 76:7
You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?

Psalm 130:3
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Proverbs 25:4
Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;

Isaiah 33:14
Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?"

Ezekiel 22:14
"Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken and will act.

Daniel 11:35
"Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
Treasury of Scripture

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

who may abide.

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

Amos 5:18-20 Woe to you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for …

Matthew 3:7-12 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 21:31-44 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Matthew 23:13-35 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were …

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

Luke 3:9,17 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: every tree …

Luke 7:23 And blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in me.

Luke 11:37-47,52-54 And as he spoke, a certain Pharisee sought him to dine with him: …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

John 6:42-44 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father …

John 8:41-48,55 You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not …

John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

John 15:22-24 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

Acts 7:52-54 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

Romans 9:31-33 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Romans 11:5-10 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according …

Hebrews 10:28,29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses…

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

1 Peter 2:7,8 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which …

Revelation 1:6,7 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be …

Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

for.

Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion…

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

Matthew 3:10-12 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every …

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare …

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

like fullers'.

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your …

Jeremiah 2:22 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your …

Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, …

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