And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi1 may continue," says the LORD Almighty.
"My covenant was with him, a covenant2 of life and peace,3 and I gave them to him; this called for reverence4 and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.
True instruction5 was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked6 with me in peace7 and uprightness,8 and turned many from sin.97
"For the lips of a priest10 ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction11--because he is the messenger12 of the LORD Almighty.
But you have turned from the way13 and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;14 you have violated the covenant15 with Levi,"16 says the LORD Almighty.