Malachi 3:13
New International Version
"You have spoken arrogantly against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What have we said against you?'

New Living Translation
“You have said terrible things about me,” says the LORD. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against you?’

English Standard Version
“Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’

Berean Study Bible
“Your words against Me have been harsh,” says the LORD. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we spoken against You?’

New American Standard Bible
"Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?'

King James Bible
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

Christian Standard Bible
"Your words against me are harsh," says the LORD. Yet you ask, "What have we spoken against you?"

Contemporary English Version
You have said horrible things about me, and yet you ask, "What have we said?"

Good News Translation
"You have said terrible things about me," says the LORD. "But you ask, 'What have we said about you?'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your words against Me are harsh," says the LORD. Yet you ask: "What have we spoken against You?"

International Standard Version
"You have spoken arrogant words against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What did we say against you?'

NET Bible
"You have criticized me sharply," says the LORD, "but you ask, 'How have we criticized you?'

New Heart English Bible
"Your words have been stout against me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against you?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You have used harsh words against me," says the LORD. "You ask, 'How have we spoken against you?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your words have been all too strong against Me, Saith the LORD. Yet ye say: 'Wherein have we spoken against thee?'

New American Standard 1977
“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the LORD. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against Thee?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your words have prevailed against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?

King James 2000 Bible
Your words have been strong against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

American King James Version
Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

American Standard Version
Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah. Yet ye say, What have we spoken against thee?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye have spoken grievous words against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye said, Wherein have we spoken against thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah; but ye say, What have we been speaking against thee?

English Revised Version
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein have we spoken against thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

World English Bible
"Your words have been stout against me," says Yahweh. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against you?'

Young's Literal Translation
Hard against Me have been your words, Said Jehovah, and ye have said: 'What have we spoken against Thee?'
Study Bible
Robbing God
12“Then all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight,” says the LORD of Hosts. 13“Your words against Me have been harsh,” says the LORD. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the LORD of Hosts?…
Cross References
Isaiah 46:12
Listen to Me, you stubborn people, far removed from righteousness:

Jeremiah 44:18
But from the time we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been perishing by sword and famine."

Ezekiel 18:25
Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear now, O house of Israel: Is it My way that is unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

Hosea 7:16
They turn, but not to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword for the cursing of their tongue; for this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.

Malachi 3:12
"Then all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight," says the LORD of Hosts.

Malachi 3:14
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?

Treasury of Scripture

Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

Your.

Malachi 2:17
Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Exodus 5:2
And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

2 Chronicles 32:14-19
Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand? …

What.

Malachi 3:8
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Malachi 1:6-8
A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? …

Malachi 2:14,17
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant…







Lexicon
“Your words
דִּבְרֵיכֶ֖ם (diḇ·rê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

against Me
עָלַ֛י (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

have been harsh,”
חָזְק֥וּ (ḥā·zə·qū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

says
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the LORD.
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

“Yet you ask,
וַאֲמַרְתֶּ֕ם (wa·’ă·mar·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

have we spoken
נִּדְבַּ֖רְנוּ (niḏ·bar·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

against You?’
עָלֶֽיךָ׃ (‘ā·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(13) Your words . . . against me.--Better, your words put a constraint on me: viz., to prove myself to you to be "the God of judgment."

Spoken.--Or rather, conversed together. (Comp. Malachi 3:16.) They seem to have been in the habit of conversing together, and comparing the promises of God towards them with the then state of affairs. God had promised that they should be a proverb among the nations for blessedness; but, say they, seeing that things are as they are, "we [feel more inclined to] call the proud happy [or blessed]." (See further in Note on Malachi 3:15.)

Verses 13-18. - § 3. The impious murmuring of the people is contrasted with the conduct of those who fear God; and the reward of the pious is set forth. Verse 13. - Your words have been stout against me. Ye have spoken hard words of me (comp. Jude 1:15, where we read of "the hard speeches (σκληρῶν) which ungodly sinners have spoken against" God). Some specimens of these speeches are given in answer to the usual sceptical inquiry. They are of the same character as those in Malachi 2:17, and imply that the course of this world is not directed by a moral Governor. What have we spoken so much (together) against thee! What have we said against thee in our conversations with one another? 3:13-18 Among the Jews at this time, some plainly discovered themselves to be children of the wicked one. The yoke of Christ is easy. But those who work wickedness, tempt God by presumptuous sins. Judge of things as they will appear when the doom of these proud sinners comes to be executed. Those that feared the Lord, spake kindly, for preserving and promoting mutual love, when sin thus abounded. They spake one to another, in the language of those that fear the Lord, and think on his name. As evil communications corrupt good minds and manners, so good communications confirm them. A book of remembrance was written before God. He will take care that his children perish not with those that believe not. They shall be vessels of mercy and honour, when the rest are made vessels of wrath and dishonour. The saints are God's jewels; they are dear to him. He will preserve them as his jewels, when the earth is burned up like dross. Those who now own God for theirs, he will then own for his. It is our duty to serve God with the disposition of children; and he will not have his children trained up in idleness; they must do him service from a principle of love. Even God's children stand in need of sparing mercy. All are righteous or wicked, such as serve God, or such as serve him not: all are going to heaven or to hell. We are often deceived in our opinions concerning both the one and the other; but at the bar of Christ, every man's character will be known. As to ourselves, we have need to think among which we shall have our lot; and, as to others, we must judge nothing before the time. But in the end all the world will confess that those alone were wise and happy, who served the Lord and trusted in Him.
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