"And nowthiscommandment is for you, O priests.
2"If you do 1not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to givehonor to My name," says the LORD of hosts, "then I will send the 2curse upon you and I will curse your blessings ; and indeed, I have 3cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.
3"Behold, I am going to 4rebuke your aoffspring, and I will 5spreadbrefuse on your faces, the crefuse of your 6feasts ; and you will be taken away dwith it.
"Then you will know that I have sentthiscommandment to you, ethat My 7covenant may fcontinue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
"My covenant with him was one of life and 8peace, and I gave them to him as an object of greverence ; so he h9revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
"i10Trueinstruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips ; he walked11with Me in peace and uprightness, and he 12turnedmanyback from iniquity.
"For the lips of a priest should preserve13knowledge, and jmen should 14seekkinstruction from his mouth ; for he is the 15messenger of the LORD of hosts.
"But as for you, you have turnedaside from the way ; you have caused many to 16stumblelby the instruction ; you have m17corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
"So 18I also have made you despised and 19abasednbefore all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing20partiality in the oinstruction.
"Do we not all have 21onefather ? 22Has not oneGodcreated us? Why do we deal23treacherouslyeach against his brother so as to profane the 24covenant of our fathers ?
11"Judah has dealt25treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem ; for Judah has 26profaned the sanctuary of the LORDpwhich He loves and has married the daughter of a foreigngod.
"As for the manwhodoes this, may the 27LORDcutoff from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who 28presentsqan offering to the LORD of hosts.
13"This is ranotherthing you do : you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He 29nolongerregards the soffering or accepts it with favor from your hand.
"Yet you say, 'For whatreason ?' Because the LORD has been a witnessbetween you and the 30wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt31treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
"tBut not one has 32done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And uwhat did that one do while he was seeking a 33godlyvoffspring ? Takeheed then to your spirit, and let no one deal34treacherously against the wife of your youth.
"For wI hatex35divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and yhim who covers his garment with z36wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So takeheed to your spirit, that you do not dealtreacherously."
You have 37wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "38Everyone who doesevil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He 39delights in them," or, "40Where is the God of 41justice ?"