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Order of Contents

Best  3
Commentaries  7
Early Church  6
Jewish  2
Mal. 3:16-18  1



The Best Commentaries on Malachi


Popular to Intermediate

Stock, Richard – A Commentary upon the Prophecy of Malachi

** – “Contains a stock of knowledge, and more than a sufficient stock of quotations from the fathers.  Torshell printed the book fifteen years after Stock’s death, and finding it to be written for a popular audience only, he added an examination of the original and a few notes in a more learned style, to make a complete commentary.  The two authors have thus composed *the* work upon Malachi.” – Spurgeon


Intermediate to Advanced

Torshell, Samuel – An Exercitation upon the Prophecy of Malachi  d. 1650

Torshell (1605-1650) was reformed.

** – Spurgeon, for his comments see above on Stock.


1800’s, Intermediate

Moore, T.V. – The Prophets of the Restoration, or Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi, a New Translation with Notes  (1856)

Moore was an Old Princeton graduate and southern Presbyterian.  This work was republished by the Banner of Truth.

*** – “A capital book.  most useful to ministers.” – Spurgeon



More Commentaries on Malachi


Luther, Martin

Preface to the Prophet Malachi  (1532)  in Complete Writings  ed. John Georg Walch  (Concordia, 1898), vol. 14, Interpretation of the Old Testament (Conclusion), cols. 68-69

Lectures on Malachi  in Works, vol. 18: Minor Prophets I: Hosea & Malachi  (Concordia, 1973), pp. 389-419

Gilby, Anthony – A Commentary upon the Prophet Malachi  (1553)

Gilby (c.1510–1585) was a reformed, English puritan and translator of the Geneva Bible.



Pococke, Edward – A Commentary on the Prophecy of Malachi  (d. 1691)

Pococke (1604-1691) was a reformed Anglican and an Arabic scholar.

** – “Full of antique learning.  Holds a high place among the older comments, but will never again be popular.” – Spurgeon

Sclater I, William –A Brief & Plain Commentary, with Notes upon the Whole Prophecy of Malachy  (†1626; 1650)  published by his son of the same name.

** – “Not equal to the general standard of puritan comments.  The editor of the work rightly says, ‘the method is, for the chapters themselves, analytical; for the practical observations, synthetical.’  We are quaintly told that he would start the hare [rabbit] with any man; that is to say, he would suggest thought and leave others to pursue its track.” – Spurgeon



Morgan, George Campbell – Wherein have we Robbed God?  Malachi’s Message to the Men of Today  (1898)

Morgan was reformed and was the predecessor to Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in London.

Logsdon, S. Franklin – Malachi: Will a Man Rob God?  Buy  (1961)

Logsdon (1907-1987) was an evangelical American pastor and Bible conference speaker.

‘A brief, helpful exposition.  Devotional.’ – Cyril J. Barber



Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘The Prophet Malachi & The N.T. & the Prophecies of Malachi’  in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 4 (1868), pp. 156-256  Hengstenberg gives an overview of the whole and comments specifically on: 2:17-3:6; 3:14-4:6.

** – “In his ‘Christology’… Hengstenberg has given a thorough and elaborate exposition of the greater part of Zechariah and Malachi.  He is too grammatical and dry to be generally interesting.” – Spurgeon



The Early Church on Malachi


Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets  Buy

Coggins, Richard & Jin H. Han – Six [Last] Minor Prophets Through the Centuries  (Blackwell, 2011)  290 pp.



Jerome – Commentaries on the 12 Prophets, vol. 1 (Buy), 2 (Pre)  in Ancient Christian Texts

Jerome (c. 342–347 – 420)

Theodore of Mopsuestia – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Malachi’  in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets  trans. Robert C. Hill  in Fathers of the Church  (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), pp. 398-426

Theodore (c. 350 – 428)

Cyril of Alexandria – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Malachi’  in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets  trans. Robert C. Hill  in Fathers of the Church  (Catholic University of America Press, 2007), vol. 3, pp. 283-346

Cyril (c. 376 – 444)

Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on the Twelve Prophets  Ref  (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2006)  378 pp.

Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466)



Jewish Commentary

The Arabic Translation & Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai & Malachi  Pre  (Brill, 2021)  199 pp.

Yefet (c. 914 – 1009) was perhaps the foremost Karaite commentator on the Bible during the “Golden Age of Karaism”.

Rashi – On Malachi  at Patristic Bible Commentary



Malachi 3:16-18

Watson, Thomas – Religion our True Interest, or, Practical Notes upon Mal. 3:16-18  Buy

** – “This would be a great find if we could only come at it, for Watson is one of the clearest and liveliest of puritan authors.  We fear we shall never see this commentary, for we have tried to obtain it, and tried in vain.” – Spurgeon




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