Malachi 3:8

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wil a man rob God? yet ye haue robbed me. But ye say, Wherein haue we robbed thee? In tithes & offerings.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Will a man rob God? yet ye rob me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Will a man keep back from God what is right? But you have kept back what is mine. But you say, What have we kept back from you? Tenths and offerings.
- Basic English Bible

Will a man rob God? But ye rob me. And ye say, Wherein do we rob thee? [In] tithes and heave-offerings.
- Darby Bible

Will a man rob God? yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, In what have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
- Webster's Bible

Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In tithes and offerings.
- World English Bible

Doth man deceive God? but ye are deceiving Me, And ye have said: `In what have we deceived Thee?' The tithe and the heave-offering!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Will a man rob God? Yet ye rob Me. But ye say: 'Wherein have we robbed Thee?' In tithes and heave-offerings.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Malachi 3:8

  • I know people want to receive God 's blessings, but giving to God to receive a blessing from God is not the correct attitude of the heart. Also, Malachi 3:8 is speaking to the priests keeping and stealing the tithes from the Levites who had already collected them from the cities of Judah. Only the priests were allowed to stock the storehouses. This is not any easy verse to understand without reasonable knowledge of Levitical Law and the testimony of other minor prophets- Nehemiah in particular. To keep adding to my argument, there is no tithing required in the New Covenant- only in the old the "Law " or Mosaic law . The Apostle Paul clearly stated we are no longer under the law but grace Ro 6:14 . Jesus taught about cheerful giving and giving as a responsibility to support the church as the Lord leads. See Carol 's comment from 2014-02-14 below. She addresses New Covenant giving perfectly.
  • Michelle for verse 8
    With all do respect, I gave tithes and my life appeared to worsen. I stopped given the same thing. I also gave offering. All I know is that I did both notice things spiraling downwards. I lost whom I believe was my divine mate, home, money, hair, respect from children due to my relationship with God my faith . I am now giving the 10 5 offering. Life has been hard as I seek a deeper relationship with Yahweh of Host. If done nothing but struggle thus far. I meditate, pray, believe God 's word. I read the bible seeking God to talk to me as He did in the biblical days for "He change no ".....Still waiting expectantly for the windows of of Heaven to open pour out such blessings that there won 't be room enough to store it. Do believe in God, do believe His word is true, however, it 's the time timing He just didn 't say when!
  • Johnson for verse 8
    If malachi 3 8 is yardstick for christian giving today, then all of us are robbers.......who robbed god? The passage is talking about levith that suppose to pay tenth of From chapter 2 of malachi and answer the question by ueself....
  • Constance for verse 8
    from my understanding of tithes will a man rob God they were talking about the priest they were robbing God.but instead of the pastors saying the bills have to be paid where we fellowship the will use Malachi 3 8 to tried to control the saints of God.How will we be curse if Jesus paid it all on the cross obedience is what will get you to reign with Jesus.You can 't pay your way into heaven. besides the tithes were for the levite they were poor people.i 'm not saying don 't tithes but be lead by the spirit and give with a cherrful heart. but there are 4 types of tithing which one are we gonna used.Tithing Obedience First fruits Alms giving sowing seeds most pastors won 't teach about what the scripture says because if they tell the truth the people may not tithe.
  • Before the church began which was with Jesus, there was the Law it was written for Israel, they were not to break these laws and they did, this scripture is for Israel and not the Church,when we study we need to know that the Old Covenant was not ours it belonged to Israel, The Old Covenant is for our Learning.
  • Ava t pompey for verse 8
    God owns everything in this world things are loan to us as we make our journey through life God is teaching us about giving when we do tithes The church cannot maintain itself so that s where tithes comes in but there are priest who use the tithes as there personal cash which is robbery

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