Malachi 4:4
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New International Version
"Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.

New Living Translation
"Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant--all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount Sinai for all Israel.

English Standard Version
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

King James Bible
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember the instruction of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

International Standard Version
"Remember the Law of Moses my servant that I gave him at Horeb for all Israel—both the decrees and laws.

NET Bible
"Remember the law of my servant Moses, to whom at Horeb I gave rules and regulations for all Israel to obey.

New Heart English Bible
"Remember the Law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Remember the teachings of my servant Moses, the rules and regulations that I gave to him at Horeb for all Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, Which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, Even statutes and ordinances.

New American Standard 1977
“Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember ye the law of Moses my slave, which I commanded unto him in Horeb statutes and my rights over all Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him at Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

American King James Version
Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

American Standard Version
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, the precepts, and judgments.

Darby Bible Translation
Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, the statutes and ordinances.

English Revised Version
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and judgments.

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

World English Bible
"Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.

Young's Literal Translation
Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, That I did command him in Horeb, For all Israel -- statutes and judgments.
Study Bible
The Great Day of the Lord
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. 4"Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:23
"So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you.

Deuteronomy 5:2
"The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.

Deuteronomy 8:11
"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;

Deuteronomy 8:19
"It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.

Psalm 147:19
He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
Treasury of Scripture

Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

the law.

Exodus 20:3-21 You shall have no other gods before me…

Deuteronomy 4:5,6 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD …

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Isaiah 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify …

Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am …

Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing …

Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law…

Mark 12:28-34 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, …

Luke 10:25-28 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Luke 16:29-31 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them…

John 5:39-47 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

Romans 13:1-10 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power …

Galatians 5:13,14,24,25 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

James 2:9-13 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced …

in.

Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, …

with.

Exodus 21:1-23:33 Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them…

Leviticus 1:1-7:38 And the LORD called to Moses, and spoke to him out of the tabernacle …

Psalm 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

CONCLUDING ADMONITION.

(4-6) As the prophetical books began (Joshua 1:2; Joshua 1:8) with "Moses my servant is dead . . . this book of the Law shall not be removed from thy mouth, &c.," so they close with the admonition, "Remember ye the Law of Moses my servant." (Comp. Deuteronomy 4:1; Deuteronomy 8:14.) The path of duty is the path of safety and of light. (Comp. John 7:17.) "Mysteries belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed are for us and for our children for ever, in order to perform all the words of this Law" (Deuteronomy 29:29; comp. also Ecclesiastes 12:13). The best preparation for the reception of the New Covenant, when God would "put His law in their inward parts and write it on their heart" (Jeremiah 31:32), must needs be the hearty observance of the spirit of the Old.

Verses 4-6. - § 5. Concluding admonition to remember the Law, lest they should be liable to the curse. In order to avert this, the Lord, before his coming, would send Elijah to promote a change of heart in the nation. Verse 4. - If the people would meet the judgment with confidence and secure for themselves the promised blessings, they must remember and obey the Law of Moses. Thus the last of the prophets set his seal to the Pentateuch, on obedience to which depended, as of old (see Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28.), so now, the most abundant blessings. My servant. Moses was only the agent and interpreter of God. The origin and authority of the Law were Divine. Horeb. The mention of the mountain would remind the people of the awful wonders that accompanied the promulgation of the Law (Exodus 19:16, etc.; Deuteronomy 4:10-15) For all Israel Not merely for the people who heard the Law given, but for the nation unto all time. Nor could they be true Israelites unless they observed the terms of the covenant then made. With the (even) statutes and judgments. These terms, which explain the word "Law," include all the enactments, legal, moral, ceremonial. Malachi might well remind the people of their duty, and thus support Nehemiah in his struggle to win them to obedience (see Nehemiah 9:38; Nehemiah 10:29). The LXX. places this verse at the end of the chapter, probably because the original conclusion (ver. 6) was thought too harsh to be left as the close of the Old Testament. The Jews had a feeling that books in the Bible should end with the name Jehovah. In the case of Isaiah and Ecclesiastes, they repeated, after the last verse, the last but one. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,.... Who was faithful as such in the house of God, in delivering the law to the children of Israel, which was given him; and who are called upon to remember it, its precepts and its penalties, which they were apt to forget: and particularly this exhortation is given now, because no other prophet after Malachi would be sent unto them, this is what they should have and use as their rule and directory; and because that Christ, now prophesied of, would be the end of this law; and this, and the prophets, were to be until the days of John the Baptist, spoken of in the next verse Malachi 4:5; and the rather, because in this period of time, between Malachi and the coming of Christ, the traditions of the elders were invented and obtained, which greatly set aside the law, and made it of no effect:

which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel; for though the law came by Moses, and is therefore called his, yet God was the author and efficient cause of it; Moses was only a servant and minister; and this was given in Horeb, the same with Sinai: these are names of one and the same mountain, at least of the parts of it; one part of it was called Horeb, from its being a dry desert and desolate place; and the other Sinai, from its bushes and brambles. So Jerom (o) says,

"Horeb, the mountain of God, is in the land of Midian, by Mount Sinai, above Arabia in the wilderness, to which are joined the mountain and wilderness of the Saracens, called Pharan; but to me it seems the same mountain is called by two names, sometimes Sinai, and sometimes Horeb;''

see Exodus 31:18. Agreeably to which Josephus (p) calls Horeb, where Moses fed his flock, and saw the vision of the burning bush, Mount Sinai; and says, it was the highest of the mountains in those parts, very convenient for pasture, and abounded with excellent herbage. Some say (q) the eastern part of it was called Sinai, and the western part Horeb; it is very likely they joined together at the bottom of the mountain, and were the two tops of it. This being mentioned shows, that the law, strictly taken, and not the prophets, is here designed, for no other was commanded, ordered, or delivered in Horeb; and that was for all the children of Israel in successive ages, until the coming of the Messiah, and for them only, as to the ministration of it by Moses.

With the statutes and judgments; the laws ceremonial and judicial, which were given to Moses, at the same time the law of the decalogue was, to be observed by the children of Israel, and which were shadows of things to come; namely, those of them that were of a ceremonial nature, and therefore to be remembered and attended to as leading to Christ, and the things of the Gospel.

(o) De locis Hebr. fol. 92. E. (p) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 12. (q) Vid. Adrichomii Theatrum Terrae Sanctae, p. 122. Well's Geography of the Old Testament, vol. 2. p. 118. 4. Remember … law—"The law and all the prophets" were to be in force until John (Mt 11:13), no prophet intervening after Malachi; therefore they are told, "Remember the law," for in the absence of living prophets, they were likely to forget it. The office of Christ's forerunner was to bring them back to the law, which they had too much forgotten, and so "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" at His coming (Lu 1:17). God withheld prophets for a time that men might seek after Christ with the greater desire [Calvin]. The history of human advancement is marked by periods of rest, and again progress. So in Revelation: it is given for a time; then during its suspension men live on the memories of the past. After Malachi there was a silence of four hundred years; then a harbinger of light in the wilderness, ushering in the brightest of all the lights that had been manifested, but short-lived; then eighteen centuries during which we have been guided by the light which shone in that last manifestation. The silence has been longer than before, and will be succeeded by a more glorious and awful revelation than ever. John the Baptist was to "restore" the defaced image of "the law," so that the original might be recognized when it appeared among men [Hinds]. Just as "Moses" and "Elias" are here connected with the Lord's coming, so at the transfiguration they converse with Him, implying that the law and prophets which had prepared His way were now fulfilled in Him.

statutes … judgments—ceremonial "statutes": "judgments" in civil questions at issue. "The law" refers to morals and religion.4:4-6 Here is a solemn conclusion, not only of this prophecy, but of the Old Testament. Conscience bids us remember the law. Though we have not prophets, yet, as long as we have Bibles, we may keep up our communion with God. Let others boast in their proud reasoning, and call it enlightening, but let us keep near to that sacred word, through which this Sun of Righteousness shines upon the souls of his people. They must keep up a believing expectation of the gospel of Christ, and must look for the beginning of it. John the Baptist preached repentance and reformation, as Elijah had done. The turning of souls to God and their duty, is the best preparation of them for the great and dreadful day of the Lord. John shall preach a doctrine that shall reach men's hearts, and work a change in them. Thus he shall prepare the way for the kingdom of heaven. The Jewish nation, by wickedness, laid themselves open to the curse. God was ready to bring ruin upon them; but he will once more try whether they will repent and return; therefore he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance to them. Let the believer wait with patience for his release, and cheerfully expect the great day, when Christ shall come the second time to complete our salvation. But those must expect to be smitten with a sword, with a curse, who turn not to Him that smites them with a rod. None can expect to escape the curse of God's broken law, nor to enjoy the happiness of his chosen and redeemed people, unless their hearts are turned from sin and the world, to Christ and holiness. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.
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