Malachi 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Malachi 3:10, NIV: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

Malachi 3:10, ESV: "Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need."

Malachi 3:10, KJV: "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."

Malachi 3:10, NASB: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and put Me to the test now in this,' says the LORD of armies, 'if I do not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."

Malachi 3:10, NLT: "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,' says the LORD of Heaven's Armies, 'I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!"

Malachi 3:10, CSB: "Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way," says the LORD of Armies. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure."

What does Malachi 3:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is one of the more popular Scriptures cited by the so-called "Prosperity Gospel," despite it having no bearing on a modern believer. As with verses 8 and 9, this entire discussion is directed at Israel, and within the context of the covenant between God and that nation. Those promises are still in effect, but they apply in literal terms only to those under that covenant: Israel. This verse, in no sense, implies a guarantee from God that those who donate to His cause will be materially blessed. The general principle is sound: we ought to work for the will of God rather than for our own ends (Matthew 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 9:6–12). However, God does not guarantee wealth or success to the Christian believer, under any circumstances.

This promise reflects back to Deuteronomy 28. In that passage, God describes a series of blessings (for obedience) and curses (for failure) tied to Israel's faithfulness to their covenant with Him. Ancient agriculture was particularly vulnerable to insects and other natural dangers; so the pledge made over verses 10 and 11 seems to relate specifically to keeping such harms at bay.

The "storehouse" most likely means a particular area of the temple used to house tithed grain and other resources (Nehemiah 10:38).