Malachi 4:5
New International Version
"See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

New Living Translation
“Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives.

English Standard Version
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

Berean Study Bible
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

King James Bible
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Christian Standard Bible
Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.

Contemporary English Version
I, the LORD, promise to send the prophet Elijah before that great and terrible day comes.

Good News Translation
"But before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes, I will send you the prophet Elijah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the LORD comes.

International Standard Version
"Pay attention! I'm sending Elijah the prophet to you before the great and dreadful Day of the LORD comes,

NET Bible
Look, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD arrives.

New Heart English Bible
Look, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm going to send you the prophet Elijah before that very terrifying day of the LORD comes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming Of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD:

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

American King James Version
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

American Standard Version
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And, behold, I will send to you Elias the Thesbite, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I will send you Elias the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I send unto you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible day of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

World English Bible
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I am sending to you Elijah the prophet, Before the coming of the day of Jehovah, The great and the fearful.
Study Bible
The Great Day of the LORD
4“Remember the law of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him for all Israel at Horeb. 5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the LORD. 6And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”…
Cross References
Matthew 11:14
And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

Matthew 17:10
The disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Mark 9:11
And they asked Jesus, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Luke 1:17
And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

John 1:21
"Then who are you?" they inquired. "Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."

Isaiah 40:3
A voice of one calling: "Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.

Joel 2:31
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

Zephaniah 1:14
The great Day of the LORD is near--near and coming quickly. Listen, the Day of the LORD! Then the cry of the mighty will be bitter.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

I will.

Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 40:3
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 11:13,14
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John…

great.

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.

Joel 2:31
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Acts 2:19,20
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: …







Lexicon
Behold,
הִנֵּ֤ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

I
אָֽנֹכִי֙ (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

will send
שֹׁלֵ֣חַ (šō·lê·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

you
לָכֶ֔ם (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

Elijah
אֵלִיָּ֣ה (’ê·lî·yāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 452: Elijah -- 'Yah is God', a well-known prophet of Israel, also three other Israelites

the prophet
הַנָּבִ֑יא (han·nā·ḇî)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

before
לִפְנֵ֗י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

the coming
בּ֚וֹא (bō·w)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

of the great
הַגָּד֖וֹל (hag·gā·ḏō·wl)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1419: Great, older, insolent

and dreadful
וְהַנּוֹרָֽא׃ (wə·han·nō·w·rā)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

Day
י֣וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

of the LORD.
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(5) Elijah.--There is no more reason to suppose that this refers actually to "Elijah" the prophet, and that he is to appear upon earth, than to imagine from Hosea 3:5; Ezekiel 24:23; Ezekiel 37:24; Jeremiah 30:9; that David himself is to come again in the flesh. When John the Baptist answered the question of the deputies of the Sanhedrim, "Art thou Elias?" by "I am not," he simply gave a negative reply to their question, which was formulated on their misapprehension. On the other hand, that John the Baptist is the "messenger" of Malachi 3:1 and the "Elijah" of this verse is shown conclusively (as far as Christians are concerned) by Luke 1:16-17 before his birth, by Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:2-8, Luke 3:2-18, at the commencement of his ministry. Moreover, our Lord Himself assured the people that John was this "messenger" and "Elijah" (Matthew 11:10, seq.; Luke 7:27, seq.), and His disciples that he had appeared, and not been recognised (Matthew 17:11, seq.; Mark 9:1, seq.). Finally, it is a significant fact that these two greatest of Old Testament prophets, Moses and Elias, who are mentioned together in this last prophetic exhortation, are the two who appeared with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, when all that which is contained in the Law and the prophets was about to be fulfilled.

Verse 5. - Elijah the prophet. This is not the same personage as the "messenger" in Malachi 3:1; for the latter comes before the first advent of the Lord, the former appears before the day of judgment; one comes to prepare the way of the Lord, and is followed immediately by Messiah's coming to his temple; the other is sent to convert the chosen people, lest the land be smitten with a curse. There seems to be no valid reason for not holding the literal sense of the words, and seeing in them a promise that Elijah the prophet, who was taken alive from the earth, shall at the last day coma again to carry out God's wise purposes. That this was the view adopted by the Jews in all ages we see by the version of the LXX., who have here, "Elijah the Tishbite;" by the allusion in Ecclus. 48:10; and by the question of our Lard's disciples in Matthew 17:10, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come." Christ himself confirms this opinion by answering, "Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things." lie cannot be referring here to John the Baptist, because he uses the future tense; and when he goes on to say that "Elias is come already," he is referring to what was past, and he himself explains that he means John, who was announced to come in the spirit and power of Elias (Luke 1:17), but of whom it could not be said that he "restored all things." The same opinion is found in the Revelation (Revelation 11:3, 6), where one of the witnesses is very commonly supposed to be Elijah. It is argued by Keil, Reinke, and others, that, as the promise of King David in such passages as Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24; Hosea 3:5, etc., cannot imply the resurrection of David and his return to earth, so we cannot think of an actual reappearance of Elijah himself, but only of the coming of some prophet with his spirit and power. But, as Knabenbauer points out, for the attribution of the name David to Messiah, long and careful preparation had been made; e.g. by his being called "the rod of Jesse," the occupant of David's throne, etc.; and all who heard the expression would at once understand the symbolical application, especially as David was known to have died and been buried. But when they found Malachi speaking of the reappearance of "Elijah the prophet," who, as they were well aware, had never died, of whose connection with the coming Messenger they had never heard, they could not avoid the conclusion to which they came, viz. that before the great day of judgment Elias should again visit the earth in person. This prophecy concerns the very last days, and intimates that before the final consummation, when iniquity shall abound, God will send this great and faithful preacher of repentance, whose mission shall have such effects that the purpose of God for the salvation of Israel shall be accomplished. We may therefore assume that in the gospel the appellation "Elias" stands both for John and for Elijah himself; for the messenger who prepared the way for Christ's first advent, and for the prophet who was to convert the Israelites before the judgment day; for him who came in spirit and power, and him who shall come in bodily presence. The great and dreadful day. The day of final judgment. No other crisis could be named in such terms (see Joel 2:31, whence the words are taken). 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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