"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