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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Malachi 3:2

    CHAPTERS: Malachi 1, 2, 3, 4     
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18




    King James Bible - Malachi 3:2

    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 fullers' soap:

    World English Bible

    "But who can endure the
    day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like launderer's soap;

    Douay-Rheims - Malachi 3:2

    And who shall be able to think of the
    day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller's herb:

    Webster's Bible Translation

    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 soap.

    Original Hebrew

    4310 מכלכל 3557 את 853 יום 3117 בואו 935 ומי 4310 העמד 5975 בהראותו 7200 כי 3588 הוא 1931 כאשׁ 784 מצרף 6884 וכברית 1287 מכבסים׃ 3526

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (2) -
    Mal 4:1 Am 5:18-20 Mt 3:7-12; 21:31-44; 23:13-35; 25:10 Lu 2:34

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:2

    ¿Y quién podrá sufrir el tiempo de su venida? O ¿quién podrá estar cuando él se mostrará? Porque él será como fuego purificador, y como jabón de lavadores.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Malachi 3:2

    Verse 2. But who may
    abide the day of his coming?] Only they who shall believe on his name; for they that will not, shall be blinded, and the unbelieving nations shall be destroyed by the Romans.

    Like fuller's soap] tyrbk keborith, from rrb barar, to cleanse, any thing that deterges. Kali, or fern ashes, or such things. I doubt whether the composition which we call soap, was known in ancient times.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. But who may abide the day of his coming ? etc.] When he should be manifest in Israel, and come preaching the Gospel of the kingdom; who could bear the doctrines delivered by him, concerning his deity and equality with God the Father; concerning his character and mission as the Messiah, and his kingdom not being a temporal, but a spiritual one; concerning his giving his flesh for the life of the world, and eating that by faith; concerning distinguishing and efficacious grace; and all such that so severely struck at the wickedness of the Scribes and Pharisees, and their self-righteous principles; and especially since for judgment he came, that they might not see? nor could they bear the light of this glorious Sun of righteousness; and he came not to send peace and outward prosperity to the Jews, but a sword and division, ( John 9:39 Matthew 10:34 Luke 12:51) very few indeed could bear his ministry, or the light of that day, it being so directly contrary to their principles and practices: and who shall stand when he appeareth ? in his kingdom and glory, to take vengeance on the Jews for their rejection of him and his Gospel; for this coming and appearance of his include all the time between his manifestation in the flesh and the destruction of Jerusalem; and so all those sorrows and distresses which went before it, or attended it, and were such as had never been from the creation of the world; and unless those times had been shortened, no flesh could have been saved; (see Matthew 24:3-22 Luke 21:36): for he [is] like a refiner’s fire ; partly by the ministry of the word, compared to fire, ( Jeremiah 23:29) separating pure doctrines from ones of dross; and partly by his fiery dispensations and judgments on the wicked Jews, when he distinguished and saved his own people from that untoward generation, and destroyed them: and like fuller’s soap ; or “fuller’s herb”, as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions render it, and Jarchi interprets it: and so R. Jonah f65 interprets it of an herb which fullers use: and in the Misna this is one of the seven things used to take out spots, namely, “borith”, the word here used; and which Maimonides says is a plant known by the name of “algasul” and “gazul” in the Arabic language: it signifies something by which filth is washed away; and so Bartenora says it is a plant which purifies and cleanses; and Jerom relates that this herb grows in Palestine, in moist and green places, and has the same virtue as nitre to take away filth; agreeably to which some other versions render it “fuller’s weed”, or “soap weed” f70 . The Syriac version is, “as sulphur that makes white;” and fullers, with the Romans, were wont to make use of that along with chalk to take out spots; and so Pliny speaks of a kind of sulphur which fullers make use of. A metaphor signifying the same thing as before, the removing of spotted doctrines or spotted persons, the one by the preaching of the Gospel, the other by awful judgments, as spots in garments are removed by the fuller’s herb or soap.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-6 - The first
    words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of thos days. Here is a prophecy of the appearing of John the Baptist. He is Christ's harbinger. He shall prepare the way before him, by calling me to repentance. The Messiah had been long called, "He that should come, and now shortly he will come. He is the Messenger of the covenant Those who seek Jesus, shall find pleasure in him, often when not looke for. The Lord Jesus, prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple, by the ministry of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, and he enters it as the Messenger of peace and consolation. No hypocrite of formalist can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. Chris came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify an reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerat and cleanse souls. He will take away the dross found in them. He wil separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless an useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions an temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take car it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and thi trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked. Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted. Where no fear of God is, n good is to be expected. Evil pursues sinners. God is unchangeable. An though the sentence against evil works be not executed speedily, yet it will be executed; the Lord is as much an enemy to sin as ever. We ma all apply this to ourselves. Because we have to do with a God tha changes not, therefore it is that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not.

    Original Hebrew

    ומי 4310 מכלכל 3557 את 853 יום 3117 בואו 935 ומי 4310 העמד 5975 בהראותו 7200 כי 3588 הוא 1931 כאשׁ 784 מצרף 6884 וכברית 1287 מכבסים׃ 3526

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18


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