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Malachi 2 (New American Standard)

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Priests to Be Disciplined

1 "And now this commandment is for you, O priests. 2 "If you do 1not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor 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 5spread brefuse on your faces, the crefuse of your 6feasts; and you will be taken away dwith it. 4 "Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, ethat My 7covenant may fcontinue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts. 5 "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. 6 "i10True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked 11with Me in peace and uprightness, and he 12turned many back from iniquity. 7 "For the lips of a priest should preserve 13knowledge, and jmen should 14seek kinstruction from his mouth; for he is the 15messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 "But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to 16stumble lby the instruction; you have m17corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts. 9 "So 18I also have made you despised and 19abased nbefore all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing 20partiality in the oinstruction.

Sin in the Family

10 "Do we not all have 21one father? 22Has not one God created us? Why do we deal 23treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the 24covenant of our fathers? 11 "Judah has dealt 25treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has 26profaned the sanctuary of the LORD pwhich He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 "As for the man who does this, may the 27LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who 28presents qan offering to the LORD of hosts. 13 "This is ranother thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He 29no longer regards the soffering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 "Yet you say, 'For what reason ?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the 30wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt 31treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 "tBut not one has 32done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And uwhat did that one do while he was seeking a 33godly voffspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal 34treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 "For wI hate x35divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and yhim who covers his garment with z36wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously." 17 You have 37wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "38Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He 39delights in them," or, "40Where is the God of 41justice?"
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