Malachi 3:14
Good News Translation
You have said, 'It's useless to serve God. What's the use of doing what he says or of trying to show the LORD Almighty that we are sorry for what we have done?

Contemporary English Version
Here is what you have said: "It's foolish to serve the LORD God All-Powerful. What do we get for obeying God and from going around looking sad?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?

It is.

Job 21:14,15 Who have said to God: Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. . . .

Job 22:17 Who said to God: Depart from us: and looked upon the Almighty as if he could do nothing:

Job 34:9 For he hath said: Man shall not please God, although he run with him.

Job 35:3 For thou saidst: That which is right doth not please thee: or what will it profit thee if I sin?

Psalm 73:8-13 They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high. . . .

Isaiah 58:3 Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors.

Zephaniah 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and will visit upon the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their hearts: The Lord will not do good, nor will he do evil.

ordinance.

Isaiah 58:3 Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors.

Joel 2:12 Now, therefore, saith the Lord. Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and mourning.

Zechariah 7:3-6 To speak to the priests of the house of the Lord of hosts, and to the prophets, saying: Must I weep in the fifth month, or must I sanctify myself as I have now done for many years? . . .

James 4:9 Be afflicted and mourn and weep: let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into sorrow.

mournfully.

Context
Robbing God
13Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord. 14And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?15Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.…
Cross References
Isaiah 43:22
But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob, neither hast thou laboured about me, O Israel.

Isaiah 58:3
Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors.

Jeremiah 2:25
Keep thy foot from being bare, and thy throat from thirst. But thou saidst: I have lost all hope, I will not do it: for I have loved strangers, and I will walk after them.

Jeremiah 18:12
And they said; We have no hopes: for we will go after our own thoughts, and we will do every one according to the perverseness of his evil heart.

Hosea 7:16
They returned, that they might be without yoke: they became like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword, for the rage of their tongue. This is their derision in the land of Egypt.

Malachi 3:13
Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.

Additional Translations
You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the LORD of Hosts?You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept his charge, and that we have walked mournfully before Jehovah of hosts?

Ye said, He that serves God labours in vain: and what have we gained in that we have kept his ordinances, and in that we have walked as suppliants before the face of the Lord Almighty?

Ye say, It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we keep his charge, and that we walk mournfully before Jehovah of hosts?

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his charge, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

You have said, 'It is vain to serve God;' and 'What profit is it that we have followed his instructions, and that we have walked mournfully before Yahweh of Armies?

Ye have said, 'A vain thing to serve God! And what gain when we kept His charge? And when we have gone in black, Because of Jehovah of Hosts?
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