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Malachi 3:16-18

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3:16 Then those who respected 1  the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord took notice. 2  A scroll 3  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. 4  I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 3:18 Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between 5  the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.

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

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

3 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).

4 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.

5 tn Heb “you will see between.” Cf. NRSV, TEV, NLT “see the difference.”



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