玛拉基书3 Malachi

章:1 2 3 4

3:1 万军之耶和华说,我要差遣我的使者,在我前面预备道路。你们所寻求的主,必忽然进入他的殿。立约的使者,就是你们所仰慕的,快要来到。

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:2 他来的日子,谁能当得起呢。他显现的时候,谁能立得住呢。因为他如炼金之人的火,如漂布之人的硷。

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

3:3 他必坐下如炼净银子的,必洁净利未人,熬炼他们像金银一样。他们就凭公义献供物给耶和华。

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

3:4 那时,犹大和耶路撒冷所献的供物,必蒙耶和华悦纳,彷佛古时之日,上古之年。

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

3:5 万军之耶和华说,我必临近你们,施行审判。我必速速作见证,警戒行邪术的,犯奸淫的,起假誓的,亏负人之工价的,欺压寡妇孤儿的,屈枉寄居的,和不敬畏我的。

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:6 因我耶和华是不改变的,所以你们雅各之子没有灭亡。

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

3:7 万军之耶和华说,从你们列祖的日子以来,你们常常偏离我的典章,而不遵守。现在你们要转向我,我就转向你们。你们却问说。我们如何才是转向呢。

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

3:8 人岂可夺取神之物呢。你们竟夺取我的供物,你们却说,我们在何事上夺取你的供物呢。就是你们在当纳的十分之一,和当献的供物上。

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

3:9 因你们通国的人,都夺取我的供物,咒诅就临到你们身上。

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

3:10 万军之耶和华说,你们要将当纳的十分之一,全然送入仓库,使我家有粮,以此试试我,是否为你们敞开天上的窗户,倾福与你们,甚至无处可容。

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

3:11 万军之耶和华说,我必为你们斥责蝗虫(蝗虫原文作吞噬者),不容它毁坏你们的土产。你们田间的葡萄树在未熟之先,也不掉果子。

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:12 万军之耶和华说,万国必称你们为有福的,因你们的地必成为喜乐之地。

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:13 耶和华说,你们用话顶撞我,你们还说,我们用什么话顶撞了你呢。

Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

3:14 你们说,事奉神是徒然的,遵守神所吩咐的,在万军之耶和华面前苦苦斋戒,有什么益处呢。

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

3:15 如今我们称狂傲的人为有福。并且行恶的人得建立。他们虽然试探神,却得脱离灾难。

And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

3:16 那时,敬畏耶和华的彼此谈论。耶和华侧耳而听,且有纪念册在他面前,记录那敬畏耶和华,思念他名的人。

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

3:17 万军之耶和华说,在我所定的日子,他们必属我,特特归我,我必怜恤他们,如同人怜恤服事自己的儿子。

And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

3:18 那时,你们必归回,将善人和恶人。事奉神的和不事奉神的,分别出来。

Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

玛拉基书3参考

为神预备道路的是──
3:1 这节提到两位使者。一般人认为第一位是指施洗约翰(参太11:10;路7:27),第二位就是弥赛亚耶稣。玛拉基和施洗约翰都是为他预备道路的。

烈火炼真金。我愿神净炼我,可是又怕烈火……
3:2-3 提炼金银时必须把金银用火加热熔化,才能使杂质浮到表面并被撇去,留下高纯度的金银。没有加热熔化的过程,金银就不纯。金银内的杂质一经除去,即时变得光亮照人,甚至可以反照冶金之人的面貌。同样,我们的生命经神净炼后,亦会把神的荣光反照得更清楚,让周围的人也可以看到。因此,神吩咐作领袖的(这里指利未人)要特别开放自己,让神炼净他们的生命。硷是用来漂布的,在此表示净化的过程。

夺取神的东西?我没有吧?且慢──
3:8-12 玛拉基催促百姓不要停止十一奉献,要把当归给神的献上。其实早在摩西时代,已经订下十一奉献的制度(参利27:30-34;申14:22)。利未人会获得部分十一奉献之物,因为他们并无产业(参民18:20-21)。不过在玛拉基时代,百姓并未献上当献的十分之一来支持神的仆人,以致利未人要出来工作维生,这使他们不再重视神赐给他们料理圣殿和安排敬拜的职责。我们所拥有的一切都是从神而来的,如果我们拒绝把部分归还给他,就等于抢夺了他的财产。你是自私地把神赐你的一切留给自己,还是愿意把部分归还给神来建立他的国度呢?

偏离了神还不承认,我可别作这种人……
3:7 历代以来,人不断违抗神的命令,甚至辱骂他,但神却始终忍耐,总是乐意接受罪人悔改。然而,在这里百姓竟敢暗示从未叛逆过神!很多人不接受赦免、与神和好,也是因为他们拒绝承认自己有罪。千万不要学这些人,只要我们愿意回转归向神,他必乐意接受我们。

神的家要有“粮”,我们每个人都要送“粮”入“库”,我送的够不够?
3:8-12 玛拉基时代的百姓并没有按神要求,把收入的十分之一存入圣殿里,他们也许舍不得劳苦得来的收成,但是他们误解神了。耶稣说:“你们要给人,就必有给你们的。”(路6:38)当我们付出时,必须知道神所应许的福气并非全是物质方面的,而且未必在世上时享有,不过,日后当我们与他在一起时,就一定会完全得著。

这仓库是……
3:10 仓库是圣殿中用以储存十一奉献的谷物或其他食物的地方,祭司们就是依赖这些捐献维生。

“无利不起早”,人真的是只为利而活吗?
3:13-15 这几节主要是指百姓对神的傲慢态度。当我们问:“事奉神有甚么好处”时,其实就是问:“事奉神对‘我’有甚么好处?”人实在太以自我为中心了。这个问题其实应改为:“事奉对‘神’有甚么好处?”我们要服事他,只因为他是神,配得我们事奉。

我是不是神记念册上有名的人?
3:16 神记念那些信靠他、敬爱他、敬拜他和敬畏他的人。

特特归神!怎样才能得到这个特权呢?
3:17 “特特归我”是指神珍惜看重那些信靠他的人。这句话应验了神跟他的子民立约之应许(参出19:5)。新约的信徒也是特特归神的(参彼前2:9)。你是否已将自己的一生交托给神,让他掌管保守呢?

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