Malachi 3:18
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.

Berean Study Bible
So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
Then everyone will once again see the difference between those who obey me by doing right and those who reject me by doing wrong.

Good News Translation
Once again my people will see the difference between what happens to the righteous and to the wicked, to the person who serves me and the one who does 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.

New Heart 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.

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then shall ye again discern between the righteous and the wicked, Between him that serveth God And him that serveth Him not.

New American Standard 1977
So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, and between him that serves God, and him that serves 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.
Study Bible
The Book of Remembrance
17“They will be Mine,” says the LORD of Hosts, “on the day when I prepare My treasured 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 those who serve God and those who do not.”
Cross References
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from You to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Will not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?"

Daniel 2:18
urging them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be killed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Amos 5:15
Hate evil and love good; establish justice in the gate. Perhaps the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be gracious to 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.

shall.

Malachi 3:14,15
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? …

Malachi 1:4
Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.

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

discern.

Genesis 18:25
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

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

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

between him.

Joshua 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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 thine hand, O king…

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 honour.







Lexicon
So you will again
וְשַׁבְתֶּם֙ (wə·šaḇ·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

distinguish
וּרְאִיתֶ֔ם (ū·rə·’î·ṯem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

between
בֵּ֥ין (bên)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

the righteous
צַדִּ֖יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

and the wicked,
לְרָשָׁ֑ע (lə·rā·šā‘)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

between
בֵּ֚ין (bên)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

those who serve
עֹבֵ֣ד (‘ō·ḇêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

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

and those who
לַאֲשֶׁ֖ר (la·’ă·šer)
Preposition-l | Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

do not.”
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no
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).



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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