If you do not listen,1 and if you do not set your heart to honor2 my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse3 upon you, and I will curse your blessings.4 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 offal5 from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.64
And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi7 may continue," says the LORD Almighty.
"My covenant was with him, a covenant8 of life and peace,9 and I gave them to him; this called for reverence10 and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.
True instruction11 was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked12 with me in peace13 and uprightness,14 and turned many from sin.157
"For the lips of a priest16 ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction17--because he is the messenger18 of the LORD Almighty.
But you have turned from the way19 and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;20 you have violated the covenant21 with Levi,"22 says the LORD Almighty.
"So I have caused you to be despised23 and humiliated24 before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality25 in matters of the law."26
Have we not all one Fatherc ?27 Did not one God create us?28 Why do we profane the covenant29 of our fathers by breaking faith30 with one another?
Judah has broken faith. A detestable31 thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves,32 by marrying33 the daughter of a foreign god.3412
As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off35 from the tents of Jacobd36--even though he brings offerings37 to the LORD Almighty.