Malachi 1:4

“Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whereas Edom sayth, Wee are impouerished, but we will returne and build the desolate places; Thus sayth the Lord of hostes, They shal build, but I will throw downe; and they shal call them, The border of wickednesse, & the people against whom the Lord hath indignation for euer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Though Edom says, "We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins; thus says the LORD of hosts, "They may build, but I will tear down; and {men} will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant forever.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whereas Edom saith, We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places; thus saith Jehovah of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and men shall call them The border of wickedness, and The people against whom Jehovah hath indignation for ever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Though Edom says, We are crushed down but we will come back, building up the waste places; this is what the Lord of armies has said: They may put up buildings, but I will have them pulled down; and they will be named The land of evil-doing, and The people against whom the Lord keeps his wrath for ever.
- Basic English Bible

If Edom say, We are broken down, but we will build again the ruined places, -- thus saith Jehovah of hosts: They shall build, but I will throw down; and [men] shall call them the territory of wickedness, and the people against whom Jehovah hath indignation for ever.
- Darby Bible

Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
- Webster's Bible

Whereas Edom says, "We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places;" thus says Yahweh of Armies, "They shall build, but I will throw down; and men will call them 'The Wicked Land,' even the people against whom Yahweh shows wrath forever."
- World English Bible

Because Edom saith, `We have been made poor, And we turn back and we build the wastes,' Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: They do build, and I do destroy, And [men] have called to them, `O region of wickedness,' `O people whom Jehovah defied to the age.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Whereas Edom saith: 'We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places'; thus saith the LORD of hosts: They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall be called The border of wickedness, and The people whom the LORD execrateth for ever.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Malachi 1:4


1:4 Throw down - So he did in the times of the Maccabees. The border of wickedness - They will be a most wicked people, and so notorious, that all their neighbours shall brand them for it. Hath indignation - They will so highly provoke God, that his indignation will be kindled against them for ever.


Discussion for Malachi 1

  • Dave
    Confess with your mouth , and believe in thine heart that God Hath raised Him(Jesus) from the dead and thou shalt be saved
  • Irene123
    To Ch. Fiorruci - how do I receive the Lord Jesus Christ for my eternal salvation? What do I need to do?
  • George
    WE ARE TOLD MALACHI WAS THE FIRST MASTER OF THE BUILDERS OF THE SECOND TEMPLE OR COMMONLY CALLED THE RE-BUILDING OF THE DESTROYED KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE. ANY IDEA WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT?
  • Darrell R Brock
    What does God require? Daily reading and mindful of his word; the beginning and Glory of his namesake of which we are now the Sons of God in Christ. An empty vessal filled with his gift, third Trinity of the Godhead the mind of Christ. Whole.
  • Charles fiorucci
    you are deceived Scott Anderson the roman catholic church is a false
    religious system. repent receive the lord Jesus Christ alone for your
    eternal salvation. john 3-3 unless a man is born again
    he cannot enter the kingdom of GOD. ICOR6-9 READ IT, JOHN14-6
    ACTS 4-12, ROMANS 6-23, ROMANS 10-9-11
  • Scott Anderson for verse 11
    This prophecy has been fulfilled. The Roman Catholic Church has been offering the Body and Blood of Christ, the only acceptable sacrifice for almost 2000 years.

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