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“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

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Malachi 4:2 Translation & Meaning

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But unto you that fear יִרְאֵ֤י Fearing; morally, reverent fear
my name שְׁמִי֙ An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
shall the Sun שֶׁ֣מֶשׁ The sun; by implication, the east; figuratively, a ray, i.e., (architectural) a notched battlement Sun
of righteousness צְדָקָ֔ה Rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity) righteousness
arise וְזָרְחָ֨ה Properly, to irradiate (or shoot forth beams), i.e., to rise (as the sun); specifically, to appear (as a symptom of leprosy) arise
with healing וּמַרְפֵּ֖א Properly, curative, i.e., literally (concretely) a medicine, or (abstractly) a cure; figuratively (concretely) deliverance, or (abstractly) placidity healing
in his wings; בִּכְנָפֶ֑יהָ An edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bedclothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle wings
and ye shall go forth, וִֽיצָאתֶ֥ם To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim go forth
and grow up וּפִשְׁתֶּ֖ם To spread; figuratively, act proudly grow up
as calves כְּעֶגְלֵ֥י A (male) calf (as frisking round), especially one nearly grown (i.e., a steer) calves
of the stall. מַרְבֵּֽק׃ A stall (for cattle) stall

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  • 1  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

  • 2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

  • 3  And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

  • 4  Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.


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