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Please explain what does grow up as calves in the stall mean as stated in Malachi 4:2?

and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. - Malachi 4:2b

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The complete verse is:

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.. - Malachi 4:2

I think that it means happiness and victory. For the calves who stay in stall is a real happiness when they go out and see the sunshine.

Analogous, for the people of God - who fear [God's] name - is a great happiness when the sun of righteousness shall rise and the healing in its wings.

The first verse from the chapter says:

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. - Malachi 4:1

We have here the scene of the final abolishment of the sin, of the sinners (branch) and of the Sattan (root).

The fire will clean up the Earth of any trace of the sin and the God's kingdom will be instaured on the New Earth. The saints will celebrate the victory of God and the war between God and Satan that will be finally finished.

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Can you explain your reasoning for the passage? Thanks. – Double U Feb 8 '14 at 20:37
@Anonymous It's a comparison between the people of God that are saved from the sin and the calves of the stall. – Ionică Bizău Feb 9 '14 at 8:42
  • President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) taught that children who will be raised during the Millennium “shall grow up ‘as calves of the stall’ unto righteousness, that is, without sin or the temptations which are so prevalent today” (The Way to Perfection [1970], 299).
  • Contemplate the difference between a calf that is raised out on the range or in the mountains and one that is raised in a barn. The calf on the range is subject to all the forces of nature: inclement weather, predatory animals, and occasional scarcity of food and water. On the other hand, the calf raised in the barn or in a stall is protected from poor weather and predatory animals. Likewise, food and water are regularly provided. Nephi taught that “the time cometh speedily that the righteous must be led up as calves of the stall” (1 Nephi 22:24).

One commentator said: “Those who are left after the judgment of the Second Coming will be able to raise up their children as calves are raised in a stall. The calf is protected from the elements, and his environment is controlled (Malachi 4:2; 1 Nephi 22:24). The children in the Millennium will similarly ‘grow up without sin unto salvation’ (D&C 45:58). The telestial element will be removed, and with Satan being bound (Revelation 20:1–3; 1 Nephi 22:26; D&C 101:28), the environment will be more controlled” (Monte S. Nyman and Farres H. Nyman, The Words of the Twelve Prophets: Messages to the Latter-day Saints [1990], 145).

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There is some useful logic here but you really need to join the dots a bit more - it reads like a list of unconnected quotes or facts. – Jack Douglas Aug 11 '14 at 20:56

calves released from the stall… in Jewish tradition, the Calves were sustenance for the lives of the people but also given as offerings. Looking at Romans 12 in the New Covenant passages it talks about being a living sacrifice. This passage I thought reflects this, as the healing comes, we are set free from our bondage and released to "frolic" under the grace and love of HaShem.

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Hi, user3247. Although I cannot say much about the validity of your answer, I would like to make a comment that you may be better off with some sources or references. Thanks. – Double U Feb 8 '14 at 20:37

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