Malachi 3:15
New International Version
But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.'"

New Living Translation
From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.'"

English Standard Version
And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

Berean Study Bible
So now we call the arrogant blessed. Not only do evildoers prosper, they even test God and escape.’”

New American Standard Bible
'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"

King James Bible
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Christian Standard Bible
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."

Contemporary English Version
See how happy those arrogant people are. Everyone who does wrong is successful, and when they put God to the test, they always get away with it."

Good News Translation
As we see it, proud people are the ones who are happy. Evil people not only prosper, but they test God's patience with their evil deeds and get away with it.'"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."

International Standard Version
and, 'Now we call the arrogant one blessed. Those who do evil prosper and those who challenge God escape the consequences.'"

NET Bible
So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. In fact, those who challenge God escape!'"

New Heart English Bible
Now we call the proud blessed; indeed, evildoers prosper. They even tempt God and escape.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So now we call arrogant people blessed. Not only are evildoers encouraged, they even test God and get away with it.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now we call the proud happy; Yea, they that work wickedness are built up; Yea, they try God, and are delivered.'

New American Standard 1977
‘So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up, but they also test God and escape.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
We say, therefore, now, that blessed are the proud and even that those that work wickedness are prospered; those that tempted God have escaped.

King James 2000 Bible
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are raised up; yea, they that test God are even delivered.

American King James Version
And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.

American Standard Version
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and escape.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now we pronounce strangers blessed; and all they who act unlawfully are built up; and they have resisted God, and yet have been delivered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.

Darby Bible Translation
And now we hold the proud for happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and they escape.

English Revised Version
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and are delivered.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; even they that tempt God are delivered.

World English Bible
Now we call the proud happy; yes, those who work wickedness are built up; yes, they tempt God, and escape.'

Young's Literal Translation
And now, we are declaring the proud happy, Yea, built up have been those doing wickedness, Yea they have tempted God, and escape.'
Study Bible
Robbing God
14You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the LORD of Hosts? 15So now we call the arrogant blessed. Not only do evildoers prosper, they even test God and escape.’”
Cross References
Psalm 58:2
No, in your hearts you devise injustice; with your hands you mete out violence on the earth.

Psalm 141:4
Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies.

Ecclesiastes 8:14
There is a futility that is done on the earth: There are righteous men who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked men who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile.

Isaiah 2:22
Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Jeremiah 7:10
and then come and stand before Me in this house, which bears My name, and say, "We are delivered, so we can continue with all these abominations"?

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Malachi 4:1
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze," says the LORD of Hosts. "Not a root or branch will be left to them."

Treasury of Scripture

And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt God are even delivered.

we call.

Malachi 4:1
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Esther 5:10
Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

Psalm 10:3
For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

yea.

Malachi 2:17
Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Job 12:6
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Job 21:7-15,30
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? …

set.

Job 22:23
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

they that tempt.

Numbers 14:22,23
Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; …

Daniel 6:16
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Psalm 78:18,41,56
And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust…







Lexicon
So now
וְעַתָּ֕ה (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

we
אֲנַ֖חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 587: We

call the arrogant
זֵדִ֑ים (zê·ḏîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2086: Insolent, presumptuous

blessed.
מְאַשְּׁרִ֣ים (mə·’aš·šə·rîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 833: To be straight, to go forward, be honest, proper

Not only
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

do evildoers
עֹשֵׂ֣י (‘ō·śê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

prosper,
נִבְנוּ֙ (niḇ·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

they even
גַּ֧ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

test
בָּחֲנ֛וּ (bā·ḥă·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

and escape.’”
וַיִּמָּלֵֽטוּ׃ (way·yim·mā·lê·ṭū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks
(15) And now means and so, consequently. In this verse the prophet gives the words of the murmurers. (See Note on Malachi 3:13.) The statements of Malachi 3:13 show that they were of a very different character from such faithful servants of Jehovah as were at times sorely tempted against their will to waver in their faith. We may observe here the seeds of sceptical Sadduceism, as in Malachi 3:14 of hypocritical Phariseism. (Comp. Psalms 37, 73, and the Books of Job and Eccl.)

Proud . . . they that work wickedness--i.e., the heathen, who do not profess to serve Jehovah. (Comp. Isaiah 13:11.)

Proud is a common Biblical expression for presumptuous sinners; the same word is also used for 'presumptuous sins (Psalm 19:13).

Tempt.--The same word is used which in Malachi 3:10 is translated "prove." The difference in the two cases consists in the different nature of the actions. In Malachi 3:10 the Jews are exhorted to obey the Law faithfully, and prove whether God would not (i.e., experience that God certainly would) perform His part in the covenant. In Malachi 3:15 the heathen, by their pride and wickedness, tempt God to judgment.

Verse 15. - We call the proud happy. This is still the speech of the murmurers. We, they say, do not reckon the humble and meek blessed; we consider that the only blessed ones are the arrogant heathen, or free thinkers, who meet with prosperity and happiness in this world. For the "proud," the LXX. has, ἀλλοτρίους, "strangers," which, doubtless, gives the meaning (comp. Isaiah 13:11). Are set up; literally, are built up - have wealth and families, and leave a name behind them (Psalm 17:14; see in the original, Genesis 16:2; Genesis 30:3; and comp. Exodus 1:21; Jeremiah 12:16, where the phrase, "being built," includes all temporal prosperity). They that tempt God are even delivered; they tempt God, and are delivered (ver. 10). They try and provoke God by their impiety, and yet escape punishment. Septuagint, Ἀντέστησαν τῷ Θεῷ καὶ ἐσώθησαν, "They resist God, and yet are safe." 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.
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