"And now, O a priests, this commandment is for you.
b If you will not hear,
And if you will not take it to heart,
To give glory to My name,"
Says the LORD of hosts,
"I will send a curse upon you,
And I will curse your blessings.
Yes, I have cursed them c already,
Because you do not take it to heart. 3 "Behold, I will rebuke your descendants
And spread d refuse on your faces,
The refuse of your solemn feasts;
And one will e take you away 1 with it. 4 Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
That My covenant with Levi may continue,"
Says the LORD of hosts. 5 "My f covenant was with him, one of life and peace,
And I gave them to him g that he might fear Me;
So he feared Me
And was reverent before My name. 6 h The 2 law of truth was in his mouth,
And 3 injustice was not found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and equity,
And i turned many away from iniquity. 7 "For j the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;
k For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But you have departed from the way;
You l have caused many to stumble at the law.
m You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,"
Says the LORD of hosts. 9 "Therefore n I also have made you contemptible and base
Before all the people,
Because you have not kept My ways
But have shown o partiality in the law."