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Malachi 2:1-9 (New International Version)

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Admonition for the Priests

1 "And now this admonition is for you, O priests.1 2 If you do not listen,2 and if you do not set your heart to honor3 my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse4 upon you, and I will curse your blessings.5 Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. 3 "Because of you I will rebukea your descendantsb; I will spread on your faces the offal6 from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.7 4 And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi8 may continue," says the LORD Almighty. 5 "My covenant was with him, a covenant9 of life and peace,10 and I gave them to him; this called for reverence11 and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction12 was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked13 with me in peace14 and uprightness,15 and turned many from sin.16 7 "For the lips of a priest17 ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction18--because he is the messenger19 of the LORD Almighty. 8 But you have turned from the way20 and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;21 you have violated the covenant22 with Levi,"23 says the LORD Almighty. 9 "So I have caused you to be despised24 and humiliated25 before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality26 in matters of the law."27
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