The Coming Messenger And The New International Version

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There are a few main differences in the words and the tense of the verbs used in the texts of the New Kings James Version (NKJV) and the New International Version (NIV) of Malachi 2:17-3:5. Looking at these translations, one will find that even the titles of chapter three are different between each of these versions. The NKJV’s title is, “The Coming Messenger”, while the NIV’s chapter three is simply titled “Malachi”. “Malachi” translates to, “My messenger” or “my angel” making the title of the “Coming Messenger”, not too different. However, the chapter’s title portrays what message the passage is going to convey and even small changes can change the perception of what people will have about the scripture before reading it.…show more content…
People may be more apt to listen and obey the NKJV since they believe that Yahweh is actually the one telling the people what is good and acceptable as opposed to the version told by Malachi. Word Study Fire, meaning אֵש, or ‘esh in Hebrew, is used throughout the course of the Bible and throughout Malachi. אֵש, or ‘esh when translated to English describes something burning, flaming, fiery, and hot. Fire and these other very similar words are used to describe the presence of Yahweh in many biblical passages. Throughout the whole Bible there are different places where Yahweh is seen through ‘esh. A few examples of this can be seen in Exodus 3, Exodus 13, and Malachi 2:17-3:5. Exodus 3 is a great example of where Yahweh is seen through ‘esh. In this passage, he is seen by Moses in the form of the burning bush atop of Horeb, the mountain of God. At this time, God presents himself to Moses as a flame of ‘esh and tells him to go and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt and take them to the Promise Land. He uses his image in the burning bush as a sign to Moses. Later on in Exodus 13:21-22, God yet again presents himself in the form of ‘esh to help lead the Israelites out of Egypt through the Sinai deserts. This verse states, “The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.” This verse shows how Yahweh in his fire form is present and working to help His people. In Malachi

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