Malachi 2:10-17

Sin in the Family

10 "Do we not all have 1one father? 2Has not one God created us? Why do we deal 3treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the 4covenant of our fathers?
11 "Judah has dealt 5treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has 6profaned the sanctuary of the LORD which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12 "As for the man who does this, may the 7LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who 8presents an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13 "This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He 9no longer regards the offering 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 10wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt 11treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
15 "But not one has 12done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a 13godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal 14treacherously against the wife of your youth.
16 "For I hate 15divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with 16wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
17 You have 17wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "18Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He 19delights in them," or, "20Where is the God of 21justice?"

Malachi 2:10-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MALACHI 2

This chapter contains a reproof both of priests and people for their sins. It begins with the priests, Mal 2:1 and threatens, in case they attend not to glorify the name of the Lord, they and their blessings should be cursed, their seed corrupted, dung spread upon them, and they took away with it, Mal 2:2,3 and the end of this commandment being sent them, of giving glory to the name of God, was that the covenant might appear to be with Levi, or him that was typified by him, Mal 2:4 of which covenant some account is given, with the reason why the blessings of it were given to him, with whom it was, Mal 2:5 who is described by the true doctrine he preached; by the purity of his lips; by the peaceableness and righteousness of his walk and conversation; and by his usefulness and success in turning many from sin, Mal 2:6 and it being part of the priest's office to preserve true knowledge, and communicate it, it is the duty of the people to seek to him for it; since he is the messenger of the Lord, Mal 2:7 but as for the priests of those times the prophet respects, they were apostates from the way of the Lord; made others to stumble at the law, and corrupted the covenant; and therefore became contemptible, base, and mean, in the sight of the people, Mal 2:8,9 who are next reproved for their marrying with those of other nations, idolatrous persons; and using polygamy and divorces, which were a profanation of the covenant of their fathers; a piece of perfidy and treachery among themselves; an abomination to the Lord; a profanation of his holiness; and led to idolatry, Mal 2:10,11 wherefore they are threatened to be cut off from the tabernacles of Jacob, and their sacrifices to be rejected; insomuch that the altar is represented as covered with weeping and tears, because disregarded, Mal 2:12,13. The reason of which was, because marrying more wives than one, and these strange women, was dealing treacherously with their lawful wives; was contrary to the first creation of man, and the end of it; and therefore such practices ought to be avoided; and the rather, since putting away was hateful to the Lord, Mal 2:14-16 and the chapter is concluded with a charge against them, that they wearied the Lord with their wicked words; affirming that the Lord took delight in the men that did evil; and that there were no judgment, truth, nor righteousness, in him, Mal 2:17.

Malachi 2:10-17 In-Context

8 "But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
9 "So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the instruction.
10 "Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?
11 "Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12 "As for the man who does this, may the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who presents an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13 "This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering 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 wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
15 "But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.
16 "For I hate divorce," says the LORD , the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD , and He delights in them," or, "Where is the God of justice?"

Cross References 21

  • 1. Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 31:9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6
  • 2. Acts 17:24
  • 3. Jeremiah 9:4, 5
  • 4. Exodus 19:4-6; Exodus 24:3, 7, 8
  • 5. Jeremiah 3:7-9
  • 6. Ezra 9:1, 2
  • 7. Ezekiel 24:21; Hosea 9:12
  • 8. Malachi 1:10, 13
  • 9. Jeremiah 11:14; Jeremiah 14:12
  • 10. Isaiah 54:6
  • 11. Jeremiah 9:2; Malachi 3:5
  • 12. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4, 5
  • 13. Ruth 4:12; 1 Samuel 2:20
  • 14. Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10
  • 15. Deuteronomy 24:1; Matthew 5:31; Matthew 19:6-8
  • 16. Psalms 73:6; Isaiah 59:6
  • 17. Isaiah 43:22, 24
  • 18. Isaiah 5:20; Zephaniah 1:12
  • 19. Job 9:24
  • 20. 2 Peter 3:4
  • 21. Isaiah 5:19; Jeremiah 17:15

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