"And nowthiscommandment is for you, O priests.
2"If you do 1not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to givehonor to My name," says the LORD of hosts, "then I will send the 2curse upon you and I will curse your blessings ; and indeed, I have 3cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.
3"Behold, I am going to 4rebuke your aoffspring, and I will 5spreadbrefuse on your faces, the crefuse of your 6feasts ; and you will be taken away dwith it.
"Then you will know that I have sentthiscommandment to you, ethat My 7covenant may fcontinue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
"My covenant with him was one of life and 8peace, and I gave them to him as an object of greverence ; so he h9revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
"i10Trueinstruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips ; he walked11with Me in peace and uprightness, and he 12turnedmanyback from iniquity.
"For the lips of a priest should preserve13knowledge, and jmen should 14seekkinstruction from his mouth ; for he is the 15messenger of the LORD of hosts.
"But as for you, you have turnedaside from the way ; you have caused many to 16stumblelby the instruction ; you have m17corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
"So 18I also have made you despised and 19abasednbefore all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing20partiality in the oinstruction.