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 offspring, and I will 5spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your 6feasts; and you will be taken away with it.
4 "Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My 7covenant may continue 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 reverence; so he 9revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
6 "10True 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 men should 14seek instruction 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 by the instruction; you have 17corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
9 "So 18I also have made you despised and 19abased before all the people, just * as you are not keeping My ways but are showing 20partiality * in the instruction.