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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Malachi 3:1-6

The first words of this chapter seem a direct answer to the profane atheistical demand of the scoffers of those days which closed the foregoing chapter: Where is the God of judgment? To which it is readily answered, ?Here he is; he is just at the door; the long-expected Messiah is ready to appear; and he says, For judgment have I come into this world, for that judgment which you have so impudently bid defiance to.? One of the rabbin says that the meaning of this is, That God will raise up a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Malachi 3:6

For I am the Lord ,.... Or Jehovah; a name peculiar to the most High, and so a proof of the deity of Christ, who here speaks; and is expressive of his being; of his self-existence; of his purity and simplicity; of his immensity and infinity; and of his eternity and sovereignty: I change not ; being the same today, yesterday, and forever; he changed not in his divine nature and personality by becoming man; he took that into union with him he had not before, but remained the same he ever... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Malachi 3:6

I am the Lord, I change not - The new dispensation of grace and goodness, which is now about to be introduced, is not the effect of any change in my counsels; it is, on the contrary, the fulfillment of my everlasting purposes; as is also the throwing aside of the Mosaic ritual, which was only intended to introduce the great and glorious Gospel of my Son. And because of this ancient covenant, ye Jews are not totally consumed; but ye are now, and shall be still, preserved as a distinct... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Malachi 3:6

Verse 6 Here the Prophet more clearly reproves and checks the impious waywardness of the people; for God, after having said that he would come and send a Redeemer, though not such as would satisfy the Jews, now claims to himself what justly belongs to him, and says that he changes not, because he is God. Under the name Jehovah, God reasons from his own nature; for he sets himself, as we have observed in our last lecture, in opposition to mortals; nor is it a wonder that God here disclaims all... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 3:5-6

The world of sinners. "And I will come near to you to judgment." From this passage we are reminded— I. THAT SINNERS EXIST IN THIS WORLD IN GREAT VARIETY . Here are "sorcerers," "adulterers," "false swearers," and heartless oppressors. The first were very general in Judaea. "There was," says Lightfoot, "hardly any people in the whole world that more used or were more fond of amulets, charms, mutterings, exorcisms, and all kinds of enchantments. The elder who was chosen... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 3:6

For I am the Lord, I change not; or, Jehovah, I change not . This is to show that God performs his promises, and effectually disposes of the allegation in Malachi 2:17 , that he put no difference between the evil and the good. The great principles of right and wrong never alter; they are as everlasting as he who gave them. God here speaks of himself by his covenant name, which expresses his eternal independent being, "the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 3:6

The twofold aspect of the unchangeableness of God. Three truths are taught here. I. THAT GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE . 1 . His nature is a pledge of it. Being absolutely perfect, any change of nature must be for the worse. The "light" ( 1 John 1:5 ) would be dimmed; any "variation" would cause "a shadow that is cast by turning" ( James 1:17 , Revised Version). He is "Alpha and Omega," and not an intervening letter can be displaced; not a "jot or tittle" can pass away. 2 .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 3:6

Man's hope lies in God's unchangeableness. "I am the Lord, I change not." Man had changed toward God, not in mere relations, but in spirit and purpose. God had been therefore compelled to alter his relations towards men; and his ways of dealing with them; but this must never be assumed to involve any change on the part of God's feeling towards them. These whom he loves he loves with an everlasting love. In the motive of his dealings he is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." Reference... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Malachi 3:6

I am the Lord, I change not - , better, more concisely, “I, the Lord I change not - . The proper name of God, “He who Is,” involves His unchangeableness. For change implies imperfection; it changes to that which is either more perfect or less perfect: to somewhat which that being, who changes, is not or has not. But God has everything in Himself perfectly. “Thou Alone, O Lord, Art what Thou Art, and Thou Art Who Art. For what is one thing in the whole and another in parts, and wherein is... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Malachi 3:6

Malachi 3:6. I am the Lord Hebrew, Jehovah; I change not In my nature or perfections there is no change, or shadow of turning, and therefore I have and always must have an unchangeable hatred to all sin: and my long- suffering also changes not, and therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed Are not destroyed and sent into eternal misery in your sins. God’s wisdom also changes not, but remains the same to dispense rewards to the good, and punishments to the wicked, in the fittest... read more

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