Malachi 4:5-6

5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.
6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Malachi 4:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
ESV
5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.
NLT
5 “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives.
MSG
5 "But also look ahead: I'm sending Elijah the prophet to clear the way for the Big Day of God - the decisive Judgment Day!
CSB
5 Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes.

Malachi 4:5-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MALACHI 4

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.

Malachi 4:5-6 In-Context

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.
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.
6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Cross References 5

  • 1. S 1 Kings 17:1; S Matthew 11:14; Matthew 16:14; Luke 1:17
  • 2. S Joel 2:31
  • 3. Luke 1:17
  • 4. S Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 19:15
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 11:26; S Deuteronomy 13:15; S Joshua 6:17; S Joshua 23:15; S Zechariah 5:3
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