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Malachi 3:15-17

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3:15 So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. 1  In fact, those who challenge 2  God escape!’”

3:16 Then those who respected 3  the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord took notice. 4  A scroll 5  was prepared before him in which were recorded the names of those who respected the Lord and honored his name. 3:17 “They will belong to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare my own special property. 6  I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.

1 tn Heb “built up” (so NASB); NIV, NRSV “prosper”; NLT “get rich.”

2 tn Or “test”; NRSV, CEV “put God to the test.”

3 tn Or “fear” (so NAB); NRSV “revered”; NCV “honored.”

4 tn Heb “heard and listened”; NAB “listened attentively.”

5 sn The scroll mentioned here is a “memory book” (סֵפֶר זִכָּרוֹן, sefer zikkaron) in which the Lord keeps an ongoing record of the names of all the redeemed (see Exod 32:32; Isa 4:3; Dan 12:1; Rev 20:12-15).

6 sn The Hebrew word סְגֻלָּה (sÿgullah, “special property”) is a technical term referring to all the recipients of God’s redemptive grace, especially Israel (Exod 19:5; Deut 7:6; 14:2; 26:18). The Lord says here that he will not forget even one individual in the day of judgment and reward.



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