Malachi 4:4-6

4 "1Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 "Behold, I am going to send you 2Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
6 "He will 3restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and 4smite the land with a curse."

Malachi 4:4-6 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 4:4-6 In-Context

1 "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."
2 "But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
3 "You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts.
4 "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD .
6 "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse."

Cross References 4

  • 1. Deuteronomy 4:23; Deuteronomy 8:11, 19
  • 2. Matthew 11:14; Matthew 17:10-13; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21
  • 3. Luke 1:17
  • 4. Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 19:15

Footnotes 3