The Lord Rebukes the Priests

Malachi 2

1 "And now, O a priests, this commandment is for you. 2 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."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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