Malachi 3:18
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Restoration and completion of the covenant relation. - Zechariah 8:1. "And the word of Jehovah of hosts came, saying, Zechariah 8:2. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and with great fury I am jealous for her." The promise commences with the declaration of the Lord, that He has resolved to give active expression once more to the warmth of His love to Zion. The perfects are used prophetically of that which God had resolved to do, and was now about to accomplish. For the fact itself, compare Zechariah 1:14-15. This warmth of the love of God towards Zion, and of His wrath towards the nations that were hostile to Zion, will manifest itself in the facts described in Zechariah 8:3 : "Thus saith Jehovah, I return to Zion, and shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be called city of truth, and the mountain of Jehovah of hosts the holy mountain." When Jerusalem was given up into the power of its foes, the Lord had forsaken His dwelling-place in the temple. Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord depart from the temple (Ezeliel Ezekiel 9:3; Ezekiel 10:4, Ezekiel 10:18; Ezekiel 11:22-23). Now He is about to resume His abode in Jerusalem once more. The difference between this promise and the similar promise in Zechariah 2:10-13, is not that in the latter passage Jehovah's dwelling in the midst of His people is to be understood in an ideal and absolute sense, whereas here it simply denotes such a dwelling as had taken place before, as Koehler supposes. This is not implied in שׁבתּי, nor is it in harmony with the statement that Jerusalem is to be called a city of truth, and the temple hill the holy mountain. ‛Ir 'ĕmeth does not mean "city of security," but city of truth or fidelity, i.e., in which truth and fidelity towards the Lord have their home. The temple mountain will be called the holy mountain, i.e., will be so, and will be recognised and known as being so, from the fact that Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, will sanctify it by His dwelling there. Jerusalem did not acquire this character in the period after the captivity, in which, though not defiled by gross idolatry, as in the times before the captivity, it was polluted by other moral abominations no less than it had been before. Jerusalem becomes a faithful city for the first time through the Messiah, and it is through Him that the temple mountain first really becomes the holy mountain. The opinion, that there is nothing in the promises in Zechariah 8:3-13 that did not really happen to Israel in the period from Zerubbabel to Christ (Kliefoth, Koehler, etc.), is proved to be incorrect by the very words, both of this verse and also of Zechariah 8:6, Zechariah 8:7, Zechariah 8:8, which follow. How could the simple restoration of the previous covenant relation be described in Zechariah 8:6 as something that appeared miraculous and incredible to the nation? There is only so much correctness in the view in question, that the promise does not refer exclusively to the Messianic times, but that feeble commencements of its fulfilment accompanied the completion of the work of building the temple, and the restoration of Jerusalem by Nehemiah. But the saying which follows proves that these commencements do not exhaust the meaning of the words.

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shall.

Malachi 3:14,15 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance...

Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus said the LORD of hosts, They shall build...

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my righteousness is in it.

Job 17:10 But as for you all, do you return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

Jeremiah 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again...

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, did they not take hold of your fathers?...

discern.

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked...

Psalm 58:10,11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked...

Isaiah 3:10,11 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings...

Daniel 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people...

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Romans 2:5,6 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation...

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God...

between him.

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

Daniel 3:17-26 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand...

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God...

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...

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Romans 6:16-22 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death...

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

Cross References
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?"

Daniel 2:18
and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Amos 5:15
Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

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