Read Malachi 2:5 Using Other Translations
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name.
“The purpose of my covenant with the Levites was to bring life and peace, and that is what I gave them. This required reverence from them, and they greatly revered me and stood in awe of my name.