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Malachi 3:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and escape.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are even delivered.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— ‘So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are set up; even [they that] tempt God are delivered.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And now we hold the proud for happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they tempt God, and they escape.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now, therefore, we are pronouncing happy—the proud,—and, the doers of lawlessness have, even been built up, and, they who have put God to the proof, have even been delivered.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And now, we are declaring the proud happy, Yea, built up have been those doing wickedness, Yea they have tempted God, and escape.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And now we call the proud happy: yea, they that worke wickednes are set vp, yea they that tempt God, are euen deliuered.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— 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.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt Elohim are even delivered.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And now x6258
(6258) Complement
אַתָּה
`attah
{at-taw'}
From H6256; at this time, whether adverbial, conjugational or expletive.
we x587
(0587) Complement
אֲנַחְנוּ
'anachnuw
{an-akh'-noo}
Apparently from H0595; we.
call y833
[0833] Standard
אָשַׁר
'ashar
{aw-shar'}
A primitive root; to be straight (used in the widest sense, especially to be level, right, happy); figuratively to go forward, be honest, prosper.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
the proud y2086
[2086] Standard
זֵד
zed
{zade'}
From H2102; arrogant.
happy; 833
{0833} Prime
אָשַׁר
'ashar
{aw-shar'}
A primitive root; to be straight (used in the widest sense, especially to be level, right, happy); figuratively to go forward, be honest, prosper.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
x2086
(2086) Complement
זֵד
zed
{zade'}
From H2102; arrogant.
yea, x1571
(1571) Complement
גַּם
gam
{gam}
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
they that work 6213
{6213} Prime
עָשָׂה
`asah
{aw-saw'}
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
wickedness 7564
{7564} Prime
רִשְׁעָה
rish`ah
{rish-aw'}
Feminine of H7562; wrong (especially moral).
are set up; 1129
{1129} Prime
בָּנָה
banah
{baw-naw'}
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
z8738
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
yea, x1571
(1571) Complement
גַּם
gam
{gam}
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
[they that] tempt 974
{0974} Prime
בָּחַן
bachan
{baw-khan'}
A primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively to investigate.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
are even delivered. 4422
{4422} Prime
מָלַט
malat
{maw-lat'}
A primitive root; properly to be smooth, that is, (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively to release or rescue; specifically to bring forth young, emit sparks.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Malachi 3:13-18.


Malachi 3:15

_ _ And now — Since we who serve Jehovah are not prosperous and “the proud” heathen flourish in prosperity, we must pronounce them the favorites of God (Malachi 2:17; Psalms 73:12).

_ _ set up — literally, “built up”: metaphor from architecture (Proverbs 24:3; compare Genesis 16:2, Margin; Genesis 30:3, Margin.)

_ _ tempt God — dare God to punish them, by breaking His laws (Psalms 95:9).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Malachi 3:13-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Malachi 3:15

And now — You say, we see before our eyes, that the proud contemners of God and his law, are the flourishing ones. Delivered — Escape all punishment.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Malachi 3:15

And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, [they that] tempt God are even (n) delivered.

(n) They are not only preferred to honour, but also delivered from dangers.

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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.
Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth.
Psalms 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and [men] will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
Psalms 73:12 Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase [in] riches.
Daniel 4:30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Daniel 5:20-28 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: ... PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Acts 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? ... What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, [are] in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred [by] all [that is] before them. ... All [things come] alike to all: [there is] one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as [is] the good, so [is] the sinner; [and] he that sweareth, as [he] that feareth an oath.
Jeremiah 12:1-2 Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal very treacherously? ... Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins.
Habakkuk 1:13-17 [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he? ... Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

set:
Heb. built,
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; ... Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
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.
Psalms 78:18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
Psalms 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Psalms 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
Psalms 95:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Psalms 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Matthew 4:6-7 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. ... Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Acts 5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and shall carry thee out.
1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Hebrews 3:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
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Nu 14:22. Es 5:10. Jb 12:6; 21:7, 30; 22:23. Ps 10:3; 49:18; 73:12; 78:18, 41, 56; 95:9; 106:14. Pv 12:12. Ec 9:1. Jr 12:1. Dn 4:30, 37; 5:20; 6:16. Hab 1:13. Mal 2:17; 4:1. Mt 4:6. Ac 5:9; 12:21. 1Co 10:9. He 3:9. 1P 5:5.

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