Malachi 4:2-3

2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
3 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty.

Malachi 4:2-3 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains an account of the destruction of the wicked Jews, and the happiness of the righteous by the coming of the Messiah; an exhortation to regard the law of Moses; and a description of John the Baptist and his work. The day of Christ's coming, reaching to Jerusalem's destruction, is compared to a burning oven; the wicked Jews to stubble, whose ruin would be utter and complete, Mal 4:1 the appearance of Christ is signified by the arising of him, the sun of righteousness; the manner, with healing in his wings; the effects of which are, going forth in the exercise of grace, and the discharge of duty, and spiritual growth and triumph over their enemies, in which will lie the happiness of them that fear God, Mal 4:2,3 who are put in mind of the law of Moses on Horeb, Mal 4:4 the sending of John the Baptist under the name of Elijah, before the coming of Christ is prophesied of, Mal 4:5 and his work pointed out, with the end of it, Mal 4:6.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 28:58; Psalms 61:5; Psalms 111:9; Revelation 14:1
  • 2. S Psalms 118:27; S Isaiah 9:2; S Isaiah 45:8; Luke 1:78; Ephesians 5:14
  • 3. S 2 Chronicles 7:14; S Isaiah 30:26; S Matthew 4:23; Revelation 22:2
  • 4. S Isaiah 35:6
  • 5. S Job 40:12; Psalms 18:40-42
  • 6. Ezekiel 28:18
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