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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Malachi 4

Verse 1

behold. Figure of speech Asterisrmos. App-6 .

all that do. Hebrew = every one who doeth. But some eighty codices, with four early printed editions, Targum, Aramaean, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "all who work. "

wickedly = lawlessness. Hebrew rasha'. App-44 .

saith = hath said.

the LORD of hosts. See note on Malachi 1:4 .

leave . A Homonym. See notes on Genesis 39:6 . Exodus 23:5 .

Verse 2

fear = revere. See the Structure "Y" and "Y", p. 1300.

Sun . Here the word "Sun" is feminine, as in Genesis 15:17 . Jeremiah 15:9 . Nahum 3:17 , &c.; and is connected with "rightousness" (which is also feminine), which Messiah, the righteous One, alone can bring.

of. In this case "of "would be the Genitive of Apposition. See App-17 .

wings = beams, or rays.

ye. The 1611 edition of the Authorized Version omits this "ye".

grow up = leap for joy, or frisk.

as = like.

Verse 3

the wicked = lawless ones. Hebrew rasha '. App-44 .

in the day . See App-18 .

I shall do this = that I am preparing; as in Malachi 3:17 .

Verse 4

the law of Moses. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 20:3 , &c.) App-92 .

Moses My servant. Reference to Pentateuch (Numbers 12:7 ; see note there). App-92 .

which I commanded, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 1:6 ; Deuteronomy 4:10 ). App-92 .

statutes and judgments. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 4:1 . See note there). App-92 .

Verse 5

Elijah the prophet. Called thus, only here, and in 2 Chronicles 21:12 . Elsewhere, always "Elijah the Tishbite", to indicate his own person; but here "Elijah the prophet "because had Israel received Messiah, John the Baptist would have been reckoned as Elijah (see notes on Matthew 17:9-13 , Mark 9:11-13 ): and, at His last supper, the wine, representing His blood, would have been (as it will yet be) reckoned as "the blood of the (New) Covenant", as foretold in Jeremiah 31:31-34 .Hebrews 8:8-13 ; Hebrews 10:15-17 ; Hebrews 12:24 ).

day of the LORD . See note on Isaiah 2:12 , Isaiah 2:17 ; Isaiah 13:6 , &c.

the LORD . Hebrew. Jehovah . App-4 .

Verse 6

children = sons.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Malachi 4". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.