Malachi 2:10-16 (Today's New International Version)

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Breaking Covenant Through Divorce

10 Do we not all have one Fathera ?1 Did not one God create us?2 Why do we profane the covenant3 of our ancestors by being unfaithful4 to one another? 11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable5 thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves6 by marrying7 women who worship a foreign god.8 12 If anyone does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD remove9 him from the tents of Jacobb10--even though he brings an offering11 to the LORD Almighty. 13 Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears.12 You weep and wail13 because he no longer looks with favor14 on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.15 14 You ask,16 "Why?" It is because the LORD is the witness17 between you and the wife of your youth.18 You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.19 15 Has not the LORD made the two of you one?20 You belong to him in body and spirit. And why has he made you one? Because he was seeking godly offspring.c21 So be on your guard,22 and do not be unfaithful23 to the wife of your youth. 16 "I hate divorce,24" says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate it when people clothe themselves with injustice,"25 says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard,26 and do not be unfaithful.
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