The Lord Rebukes the Priests

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