Malachi 4:6

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee shall turne the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And by him the hearts of fathers will be turned to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers; for fear that I may come and put the earth under a curse.
- Basic English Bible

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
- Darby Bible

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
- Webster's Bible

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
- World English Bible

And he hath turned back the heart of fathers to sons, And the heart of sons to their fathers, Before I come and have utterly smitten the land!
- Youngs Literal Bible

(3:24) And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Malachi 4:6


4:6 And he - John the Baptist. Shall turn the heart - There were at this time many great and unnatural divisions among the Jews, in which fathers studied mischief to their own children. Of the children - Undutiful children estranged from their fathers. With a curse - Which ends in utter destruction; leaving Jerusalem a desolate heap, and a perpetual monument of God's displeasure. Some observe, that the last word of the Old Testament is a curse: whereas the New Testament ends with a blessing, yea, the choicest of blessings, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all! Amen. Dec. 24, 1766.


Discussion for Malachi 4

  • Teresa Roper
    This is a future event of the end, and it is happening before our eyes. You notice the fathers being a lower case f. Our Father is always a higher case F. The evil will be burnt with fervent heat, reduced to ashes under the soles of the feet of the righteous who love the Lord.
  • Bruce
    John G:Jesus came as the Son! Matthew16:16. John the Baptist came as Elijah.Matthew17:10-13. They both came to do the will Father.
    Irene-John:Will of the Father.Matthew7:21,26:39. Our mind 1Corinthians 2:16. Salvation 1Timothy 2:4. The will of the father is no Mystery. True believers are to study, be in prayer, reach the lost! Helping whosoever. John6:44,1 John1:9, Matthew3:11,ll Corinthians5:17
  • Anne
    I am reminded of Eccl. 12:13 "The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every thing whether good or evil". (ESV)
  • John Grays
    Jesus did come as Elijah, as in His hour of need He had a visitation by Moses and Elijah. Jesus came to correct the past and set forth a new thing for God's people because of the disorder Satan caused in the leadership of the church. We have yet to understand what God's Will truly is.....
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. TREACHERY ! TREASON ! TYRANNY ! ALL THINGS SHALL BE COMPLETELY EXPOSED IN THE END OF THIS AGE OF THE GENTILES GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH IN AND THROUGH HIS SON WHO LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER CHRIST YESHUA JESUS GLORY AMEN ! THAT WOMAN OF THE SERPANTS SEED WILL BE EXPOSED ONCE AND FOR ALL AMEN INDEED ! ELIJAH COMES FIRST GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH THROUGH CHRIST YESHUA JESUS GLORY AMEN !
  • Wm Cantelon
    John the Baptist was the voice in the wilderness making straight and smooth the way of the Lord. Elijah has already come and was received without honor as Jesus Christ was despised and rejected as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was esteemed smitten of God and afflicted. Now is apostasy. John did no miracle but everything he said was true. An adulterous generation seeks after signs.

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