The Lord Rebukes the Priests1 “And now, a O priests b this command is for you. 2 c If 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 d the curse upon you and I will curse e your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold f I will rebuke your offspring ▼
▼ Hebrew seedand h spread dung on your faces, the i dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it. ▼
▼ Or to it4 So shall you know that I have sent k this command to you, that l my covenant with Levi may stand, says the Lord of hosts. 5 My covenant with him was one of life and m peace, and I gave them to him. n It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 o True instruction ▼
▼ Or law; also verses 7, 8, 9was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he q turned many from iniquity. 7 For r the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people ▼
▼ Hebrew theyshould seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way. t You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted u the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, 9 and so v I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but w show partiality in your instruction.”
Judah Profaned the Covenant10 Have we not all x one Father? Has not y one God created us? Why then are we z faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has been aa faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For ab Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant ▼
▼ Hebrew any who wakes and answersof the man who does this, who ad brings an offering to the Lord of hosts! 13 And this second thing you do. ae You 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 af But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord ag was witness between you and the wife of your youth ah to whom ai you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 aj Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? ▼
▼ Hebrew in itAnd what was the one God ▼
▼ Hebrew the oneseeking? ▼
▼ Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking?an Godly offspring. So guard yourselves ▼
▼ Or So take care; also verse 16in your spirit, and let none of you be ap faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For aq the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, ▼
▼ Hebrew who hates and divorcessays 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 covershis garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and at do not be faithless.”
The Messenger of the Lord17 au You have wearied the Lord with your words. av But you say, “How have we wearied him?” aw By 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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