17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, (A)before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days.

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Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come forward, for the Lord your God has chosen (A)them to minister to him and to bless in the name of the Lord, and (B)by their word every dispute and every assault shall be settled.

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Moreover, in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat (A)appointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel, (B)to give judgment for the Lord and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem.

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10 (A)whenever a case comes to you from your brothers who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or rules, then you shall warn them, that they may not incur guilt before the Lord and (B)wrath may not come upon you and your brothers. Thus you shall do, and you will not incur guilt.

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There (A)thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.

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18 Then they said, (A)“Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, (B)for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. (C)Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”

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11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: (A)Ask the priests about the law:

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For (A)the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people[a] should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 2:7 Hebrew they

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