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Mal 2:1(top)
Mal 2:2

“the curse.” This could also be translated as, “I will send Curse against you,” as if Curse was a real being (it may be a real demon). The curse is in Deuteronomy 28:15-20 and following (see commentary on Deut. 28:20). Note that in Deuteronomy there is Curse, Confusion, and Rebuke,” and here in Malachi the priests and people are being disobedient and are under the curse (Mal. 2:2) and rebuke (Mal. 2:3).

Mal 2:3(top)
Mal 2:4(top)
Mal 2:5(top)
Mal 2:6(top)
Mal 2:7

“for he is the messenger of Yahweh of Armies.” The Hebrew word for “messenger” is malak (#04397 מַלְאָךְ), and it is also translated “angel” many times in the Old Testament because “angels” were messengers of God. The fact that a “messenger” could be a human or a spirit messenger, an angel, can cause problems for translators because in some passages we cannot tell whether the “messenger” is a human being or a spirit being. A good example is Judges 2:1, where the “messenger” who spoke to Israel could have been an angel or could have been a human being.

Mal 2:8(top)
Mal 2:9(top)
Mal 2:10(top)
Mal 2:11(top)
Mal 2:12

“the one who wakes and the one who answers, and the one who offers an offering to Yahweh of Armies.” This is a difficult text, and many scholars, and the Septuagint, have offered emendations to the Hebrew text so that it makes more sense. The idea seems to be some kind of polarmerismos, where two extremes are given to represent a whole, thus “the one who wakes” and “the one who answers” becomes a figure for “everyone” (cp. CSB; ESV; NET; NIV). Also, “the one who offers an offering” must be taken in this context, that is, an ungodly offering, and that is why the person will be “cut off from the tents of Jacob.” In other words, God will cut off all those who offer at the Temple the ungodly offerings of the kind Malachi was talking about.

Mal 2:13

“tears.” The priests and people were crying, but for the wrong reason. They were not crying tears of repentance, being sorry for their sin and the way they had turned away from God and His Word. Instead they were crying because they were not getting their way and God was not accepting them. Evil and prideful people want their way, and cry and complain when they don’t get it. That was the case with these people.

“no longer pays attention to the offering.” Sacrifices and offerings made to God by wicked people are detestable to God; He has no respect for them and will not accept them. Sacrifices and offerings were never designed to make a person with an evil heart acceptable in the sight of God. Proverbs 21:27 and 28:9 say that the sacrifices of a wicked person are an abomination to God. [For more information about the sacrifices of wicked people being of no value, see commentary on Amos 5:22. For more information about God not hearing the prayers of the ungodly and unrepentant, see commentary on Prov. 28:9].

Mal 2:14(top)
Mal 2:15(top)
Mal 2:16(top)
Mal 2:17(top)

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