Geneva Study Bible
(a) This is meant of John the Baptist, as Christ interprets it; (Luke 7:27).
(b) Meaning, the Messiah, as in (Psalm 40:17) ; (Daniel 9:17), (Daniel 9:25).
(c) That is, Christ, by whom the covenant was made and ratified, who is called the angel or messenger of the covenant, because he reconciles us to his Father, and is Lord or King, because he has the rule of his Church.
(d) He shows that the hypocrites who wish so much for the Lord's coming will not remain when he draws near: for he will consume them, and purge his own and make them clean.
(e) He begins at the priests, that they might be lights, and shine unto others.
(f) They murmured against God, because they did not see his help which was ever present to defend them: and therefore he accuses them of ingratitude, and shows that in that they are not daily consumed, it is a sign that he still defends them, and so his mercy towards them never changes.
(g) Read (Zechariah 1:3).
(h) There are none of the heathen so barbarous, that will defraud their gods of their honour, or deal deceitfully with them.
(i) By which the service of God should have been maintained, and the priests and the poor relieved.
(k) Not having respect how much you need, but I will give you in all abundance, so that you will lack place to put my blessings in.
(l) Meaning the caterpillar, and whatever destroys corn and fruits.
(m) The Prophet condemns them of double blasphemy against God: first, in that they said that God had no respect for those that served him, and next, that the wicked were more in his favour than the godly.
(n) They are not only preferred to honour, but also delivered from dangers.
(o) After these admonitions of the Prophet, some were strongly touched, and encouraged others to fear God.
(p) Both because the thing was strange that some turned to God in that great and universal corruption, and also that this might be an example of God's mercies to all repentant sinners.
(q) When I will restore my Church according to my promise, they will be as my own proper goods.
(r) That is, forgive their sins, and govern them with my Spirit.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Malachi 3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24