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Malachi 3:13-14

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Resistance to the Lord through Self-sufficiency

3:13 “You have criticized me sharply,” 1  says the Lord, “but you ask, ‘How have we criticized you?’ 3:14 You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God. How have we been helped 2  by keeping his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord who rules over all? 3 

1 tn Heb “your words are hard [or “strong”] against me”; cf. NIV “said harsh things against me”; TEV, NLT “said terrible things about me.”

2 tn Heb “What [is the] profit”; NIV “What did we gain.”

3 sn The people’s public display of self-effacing piety has gone unrewarded by the Lord. The reason, of course, is that it was blatantly hypocritical.



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