Warning to the Priests

1 "Therefore, this decree is for you priests:
References for Malachi 2:1
      2 If you don't listen, and if you don't take it to heart to honor My name," says the Lord of Hosts, "I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings.a In fact, I have already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart.
      References for Malachi 2:2
        • a 2:2 - Dt 28:20; Pr 3:33; 28:27
          3 "Look, I am going to rebuke your descendants,b and I will spread animal wastec over your faces, the waste from your festival sacrifices, and you will be taken away with it.
          References for Malachi 2:3
            • b 2:3 - Hs 4:6-8
            • c 2:3 - dung or entrails
              4 Then you will know that I sent you this decree so My covenant with Levid may continue," says the Lord of Hosts.
              References for Malachi 2:4
                • d 2:4 - Nm 25:11-13; Dt 10:8; 33:8-11
                  5 "My covenant with him was one of life and peace,e and I gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
                  References for Malachi 2:5
                    • e 2:5 - 1 Sm 25:6; Pr 3:2
                      6 True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing wrong was found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and fairness and turned many from sin.
                      7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts.
                      8 "You, on the other hand, have turned from the way.f You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have violatedg the covenant of Levi," says the Lord of Hosts.
                      References for Malachi 2:8
                        • f 2:8 - Mal 3:7; Ex 32:8; Dt 31:29
                        • g 2:8 - Lit corrupted
                          9 "So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in [your] instruction."h
                          References for Malachi 2:9
                            • h 2:9 - Lv 19:15; Ps 82:2; Mt 22:16

                              Judah's Marital Unfaithfulness

                              10 Don't all of us have one Father?i Didn't one God create us?j Why then do we act treacherously against one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?k
                              References for Malachi 2:10
                                • i 2:10 - Mal 1:6; Isa 63:16; Hs 11:1
                                • j 2:10 - Dt 32:6; Isa 43:1-7; 64:8
                                • k 2:10 - Mal 1:12; Ps 55:20; 89:34
                                  11 Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the Lord's sanctuary,lm which He loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god.no
                                  References for Malachi 2:11
                                    • l 2:11 - Or profaned what is holy to the Lord
                                    • m 2:11 - Ezk 44:7
                                    • n 2:11 - a woman who worshiped a foreign god; Nm 21:29
                                    • o 2:11 - Dt 7:3-4; Ezr 9:1-2,10-14; Neh 13:23-30
                                      12 To the man who does this, may the Lord cut off any descendantspq from the tents of Jacob, even if they present an offering to the Lord of Hosts.
                                      References for Malachi 2:12
                                        • p 2:12 - One Hb ms, LXX, DSS read off one witnessing or answering
                                        • q 2:12 - Lit off one waking or answering; Hb obscure
                                          13 And this is another thing you do: you cover the Lord's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning, because He no longer respects your offerings or receives [them] gladlyr from your hands.
                                          References for Malachi 2:13
                                            • r 2:13 - 1 Kg 8:28-30; Isa 56:7
                                              14 Yet you ask, "For what reason?" Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have acted treacherously against her,s though she was your marriage partner and your wife by covenant.
                                              References for Malachi 2:14
                                                • s 2:14 - Pr 2:16-17; Isa 54:6
                                                  15 Didn't the one [God] make [us] with a remnant of His life-breath? And what does the One seek?t A godly offspring. So watch yourselves carefully,u and do not act treacherously against the wife of your youth.
                                                  References for Malachi 2:15
                                                    • t 2:15 - Or Did the One not make them? So their flesh and spirit belong to Him, or No one who does this even has a remnant of the Spirit in him; Hb obscure
                                                    • u 2:15 - Lit So guard yourselves in your spirit
                                                      16 "If he hates and divorces [his wife],"v says the Lord God of Israel, "hew covers his garment with injustice,"x says the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully,y and do not act treacherously.
                                                      References for Malachi 2:16
                                                        • v 2:16 - Gn 29:31; Dt 21:15-17; Jdg 15:2
                                                        • w 2:16 - Or The Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce and the one who
                                                        • x 2:16 - Gn 6:11,13; Ps 73:6; Jr 6:6-7
                                                        • y 2:16 - Lit Therefore, guard yourselves in your spirit

                                                          Judgment at the Lord's Coming

                                                          17 You have wearied the Lord z with your words. Yet you ask, "How have we wearied [Him]?" When you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the Lord's sight, and He is pleased with them," or "Where is the God of justice?"{
                                                          References for Malachi 2:17
                                                            • z 2:17 - Isa 43:22-24
                                                            • { 2:17 - Neh 9:33; Isa 40:27