Malachi 2

Priests to Be Disciplined

1And now this commandment is for you, O priests. 2If you do a  not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name,” says the  Lord of hosts, “then I will send the b  curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have c  cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart. 3Behold, I am going to d  rebuke your
Lit seed
offspring, and I will f  spread
Or vomit
refuse on your faces, the
Or vomit
refuse of your i  feasts; and you will be taken away
Lit to
with it.
4Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you,
Or to be My covenant with
that My l  covenant may
Lit be
continue with Levi,” says the  Lord of hosts.
5My covenant with him was one of life and n  peace, and I gave them to him as an object of
Or fear
reverence; so he
Or feared
q  revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
Or Law of truth
s  True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked t  with Me in peace and uprightness, and he u  turned many back from iniquity.
7For the lips of a priest should preserve v  knowledge, and
Lit they
men should x  seek
Or law
instruction from his mouth; for he is the z  messenger of the  Lord of hosts.
8But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to aa  stumble
Or in the law
by the instruction; you have
Or violated
ad  corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the  Lord of hosts.
9“So ae  I also have made you despised and af  abased
Lit to
before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing ah  partiality in the
Or law

Sin in the Family

10Do we not all have aj  one father? ak  Has not one God created us? Why do we deal al  treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the am  covenant of our fathers? 11Judah has dealt an  treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has ao  profaned the sanctuary of the  Lord
Or in that He has loved and married
which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12As for the man who does this, may the aq   Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who ar  presents
Or a grain offering
an offering to the  Lord of hosts.

13This is
Lit second
another thing you do: you cover the altar of the  Lord with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He au  no longer regards the
Or grain offering
offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.
14Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the  Lord has been a witness between you and the aw  wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt ax  treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15
Or Did He not make one, although He had the remnant
But not one has az  done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And
Or why one? He sought a godly offspring
what did that one do while he was seeking a bb  godly
Lit seed
offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal bd  treacherously against the wife of your youth.
Lit He hates
I hate
Lit sending away
bg  divorce,” says the  Lord, the God of Israel, “and
Lit he covers
him who covers his garment with
Or violence
bj  wrong,” says the  Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

17You have bk  wearied the  Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, bl  Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the  Lord, and He bm  delights in them,” or, bn  Where is the God of bo  justice?”
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