New International Version
"You have spoken arrogantly against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, 'What have we said 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?
Darby Bible Translation
Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah; but ye say, What have we been speaking 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?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Your words have been stout against me - He speaks here to open infidels and revilers.
What have we spoken - They are ready either to deny the whole, or impudently to maintain and defend what they had spoken!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Lord Coming to his Temple
Westminster Abbey. November, 1874. Malachi iii. 1, 2. "The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple. . . . But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's sope." We believe that this prophecy was fulfilled at the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that it will be fulfilled again, in that great day when He shall judge the quick and the dead. But it is of neither of these events …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
A Dialogue with God
The Fellowship of those who Fear the Lord. --Malachi iii. 16-18; iv. 1
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from my righteousness.
But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine."
"Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust?
They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.
"Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land," says the LORD Almighty.
"You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty?
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