"And now this admonition is for you, O priests.12
If you do not listen,2 and if you do not set your heart to honor3 my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse4 upon you, and I will curse your blessings.5 Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me.
"Because of you I will rebukea your descendantsb; I will spread on your faces the offal6 from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.74
And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi8 may continue," says the LORD Almighty.
"My covenant was with him, a covenant9 of life and peace,10 and I gave them to him; this called for reverence11 and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.
True instruction12 was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked13 with me in peace14 and uprightness,15 and turned many from sin.167
"For the lips of a priest17 ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction18--because he is the messenger19 of the LORD Almighty.
But you have turned from the way20 and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;21 you have violated the covenant22 with Levi,"23 says the LORD Almighty.
"So I have caused you to be despised24 and humiliated25 before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality26 in matters of the law."27
Have we not all one Fatherc ?28 Did not one God create us?29 Why do we profane the covenant30 of our fathers by breaking faith31 with one another?
Judah has broken faith. A detestable32 thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves,33 by marrying34 the daughter of a foreign god.3512
As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off36 from the tents of Jacobd37--even though he brings offerings38 to the LORD Almighty.
Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears.39 You weep and wail40 because he no longer pays attention41 to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.4214
You ask,43 "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness44 between you and the wife of your youth,45 because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.4615
Has not [the LORD] made them one?47 In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring.e48 So guard yourself49 in your spirit, and do not break faith50 with the wife of your youth.
"I hate divorce,51" says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himselff with violence52 as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit,53 and do not break faith.
You have wearied54 the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask.55 By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased56 with them" or "Where is the God of justice?57"