Malachi 2

The  Lord Rebukes the Priests

1“And now, aO priests bthis command is for you. 2 cIf you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the  Lord of hosts, then I will send dthe curse upon you and I will curse eyour blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3Behold fI will rebuke your offspring
Hebrew seed
and hspread dung on your faces, the idung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.
Or to it
4So shall you know that I have sent kthis command to you, that lmy covenant with Levi may stand, says the  Lord of hosts. 5My covenant with him was one of life and mpeace, and I gave them to him. nIt was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 oTrue instruction
Or law; also verses 7, 8, 9
was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he qturned many from iniquity.
7For rthe lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people
Hebrew they
should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the  Lord of hosts.
8But you have turned aside from the way. tYou have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted uthe covenant of Levi, says the  Lord of hosts, 9and so vI make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but wshow partiality in your instruction.”

Judah Profaned the Covenant

10Have we not all xone Father? Has not yone God created us? Why then are we zfaithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11Judah has been aafaithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For abJudah has profaned the sanctuary of the  Lord, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12May the  Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant
Hebrew  any who wakes and answers
of the man who does this, who adbrings an offering to the  Lord of hosts!

13And this second thing you do. aeYou cover the  Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 afBut you say, “Why does he not?” Because the  Lord agwas witness between you and the wife of your youth ahto whom aiyou have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 ajDid he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?
Hebrew  in it
And what was the one God
Hebrew  the one
seeking?
Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking?
anGodly offspring. So guard yourselves
Or  So take care; also verse 16
in your spirit, and let none of you be apfaithless to the wife of your youth.
16“For aqthe man who does not love his wife but divorces her,
Hebrew  who hates and divorces
says the  Lord, the God of Israel, covers
Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The  Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers
his garment with violence, says the  Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and atdo not be faithless.”

The Messenger of the  Lord

17 auYou have wearied the  Lord with your words. avBut you say, “How have we wearied him?” awBy saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the  Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, ax“Where is the God of justice?”

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