The Lord Rebukes the Priests

1 "And now, 1O priests, 2this command is for you.

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      2 3If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send 4the curse upon you and I will curse 5your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.

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      3 Behold, 6I will rebuke your offspring,a and 7spread dung on your faces, the 8dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.b

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        • c 2:3 - Hebrew seed
        • d 2:3 - Or to it
          4 So shall you know that I have sent 9this command to you, that 10my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts.

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              5 My covenant with him was one of life and 11peace, and I gave them to him. 12It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name.

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              6 13True instructionc was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he 14turned many from iniquity.

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                • e 2:6 - Or law; also verses 7, 8, 9
                  7 For 15the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and peopled should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

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                    • f 2:7 - Hebrew they
                      8 But you have turned aside from the way. 16You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted 17the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts,

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                          9 and so 18I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but 19show partiality in your instruction."

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