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.
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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Then shall ye return - To your senses, when perhaps too late; and discern - see the difference which God makes, between the righteous and the wicked, which will be most marked and awful.
Between him that serveth God - Your obedience to whom, ye said, would be unprofitable to you.
And hits that serveth him not - Of whom ye said, his disobedience would be no prejudice to him. You will find the former received into the kingdom of glory; and the latter, with yourselves, thrust down into the bitter pains of an eternal death. Reader, ponder these things.
In the great day of the Lord, at least, if not long before, it will be fully discovered who have been the truly wise people; those who took up their cross and followed Christ; or those who satisfied the flesh, with its affections and desires, following a multitude to do evil.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Lord Coming to his Temple
Westminster Abbey. November, 1874. Malachi iii. 1, 2. "The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple. . . . But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's sope." We believe that this prophecy was fulfilled at the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that it will be fulfilled again, in that great day when He shall judge the quick and the dead. But it is of neither of these events …
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A Dialogue with God
The Fellowship of those who Fear the Lord. --Malachi iii. 16-18; iv. 1
Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
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