Commentaries on Malachi

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Malachi. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Malachi that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Malachi



Malachi (The Minor Prophets) by Douglas Stuart, McComiskey, ed.


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 commentary on The Minor Prophets

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “particularly good in connecting the prophet to covenant curses and blessings”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Malachi, “This commentary continues [Stuart’s] excellence”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “With their messages of doom and judgment, the Minor Prophets have not been popular subjects in the history of biblical interpretation. Here noted evangelical scholars–such as Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer–remedy this neglect by offering an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the prophets. In this edition, which now combines three volumes into one, the authors not only provide meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text but also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.”



Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (TOTC) by Joyce Baldwin


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “a very insightful, conservative commentary”

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Malachi, “clear and concise without being shallow”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”



Haggai and Malachi (NICOT) by Pieter A. Verhoef


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “recommended as a scholarly guide to both of these prophetic books”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Malachi, “For those who lack a knowledge of Hebrew, and are seeking a thorough commentary on Malachi, this volume is highly recommended.”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.”



Micah-Malachi (WBC) by Ralph L. Smith


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: “solid and competent”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Malachi, “worth consulting”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (NIVAC) by David W. Baker


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “skillfully exposits the meaning and application of these three Minor Prophets”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”



Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi (Focus) by John L. Mackay


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Malachi, “helpful for pastors seeking a way to communicate the meaning of this book to a contemporary audience”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”



Haggai (FOTL) by Michael H. Floyd


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, “this excellent work will only be helpful to scholars”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Forms of the Old Testament Literature (FOTL) is a series of volumes that seeks to present, according to a standard outline and methodology, a form-critical analysis of every book or unit of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). Fundamentally exegetical, each volume examines the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. The series also endeavors to study the history behind the form-critical discussion of the material, to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and to expose the exegetical procedure in such a way as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation.”



Malachi (Anchor) by Andrew E. Hill


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “an extensive and excellent analysis of the introductory issues connected with this book”

Best for: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.”



Zephaniah, Haggai, and Malachi (REC) by Iain M. Duguid and Matthew P. Hanson


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Reviews and Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (TPC) by Walter Kaiser Jr.


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New King James Bible has been chosen for the Preacher’s Commentary because it combines with integrity the beauty of language, underlying Hebrew and Greek textual basis, and thought-flow of the 1611 King James Version…Readers who are more comfortable with another translation can readily find the parallel passage by means of the chapter and verse reference at the end of each passage being exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.”



Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Interpretation) by Elizabeth Achtemeier


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi (CCEC) by Micah Fries, Stephen Rummage, and Robby Gallaty


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect and Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Minor Prophets by Charles L. Feinberg


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “A comprehensive commentary on all twelve of the minor prophets Free of footnotes and devotional in style.”



The Message of Malachi (BST) by Peter Adams


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Audience:

Any Christian seeking devotional aides
Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
Pastors/preachers seeking application help
Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help



Minor Prophets (CBC) by Richard D. Patterson and Andrew E. Hill


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God’s Word.”



Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (HOTC) by Stephen R. Miller


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary. When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.”



Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (AOTC) by Anthony R. Petterson


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Written by an international team of scholars and edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, as well as scholars and all serious students of the Bible.”



Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (AOTC) by Julia M. O’Brien


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries series offers compact, critical commentaries on all the books of the Old Testament. In addition to providing fundamental information on and insights into Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful, critical exegesis so as to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed engagement of the biblical texts themselves. These commentaries are written with special attention to the needs and interests of theology students, but they will also be useful for students in upper-level college or university settings, as well as for pastors and other church leaders.”



Haggai and Malachi (EBC) by Herbert Wolf


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Best for: anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “In this easy-to-read, easy-to-use commentary, J. Carl Laney takes you through these prophecies carefully, giving you guidelines for interpreting apocalyptic literature and enriching your understanding of the times in which Zechariah lived. With this Everyman’s Bible Commentary as your guide, you can discover rich truths about the Lord Jesus Christ found in the minor prophets. Use it in your personal study or as the basis of group or Sunday school study.”



Malachi (REBC) by Eugene H. Merrill


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Malachi by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”



Minor Prophets (IEC) by H.A. Ironside


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: H.A. Ironside (1876-1951) was an internationally acclaimed Bible teacher and preacher, as well as the author of more than sixty books. His writings include addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the Old Testament prophetic books, and a great many volumes on other biblical topics. For eighteen of his fifty years of ministry, Dr. Ironside was pastor of the historic Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Ill.



The Minor Prophets by James Montgomery Boice


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “From the publisher: “James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour on which Boice was a speaker for more than thirty years…Boice has created a unique blend of scripture insight, rich devotional application, and vivid illustration in this commentary.”