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Malachi 2:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Warning to the Priests

1 "Therefore, this decree is for you priests: 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. 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. 4 Then you will know that I sent you this decree so My covenant with Levid may continue," says the Lord of Hosts. 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. 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. 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
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