Sin in the Family

10 Do we not all have (A)one Father? (B)Is it not one God who has created us? Why do we deal (C)treacherously, each against his brother so as to profane the (D)covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has dealt (E)treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has (F)profaned the sanctuary of the Lord [a]which He loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, may the (G)Lord eliminate from the tents of Jacob everyone who is awake and answers, or who (H)presents [b]an offering to the Lord of armies.

13 And this is [c]another thing you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and sighing, because He (I)no longer gives attention to the [d]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 (J)wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt (K)treacherously, though she is your marriage companion and your wife by covenant. 15 [e]But not one has (L)done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And [f]why the one? He was seeking a (M)godly offspring. Be careful then about your spirit, and see that none of you deals (N)treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 “For [g]I hate [h](O)divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and [i]him who covers his garment with (P)violence,” says the Lord of armies. “So be careful about your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 2:11 Or in that he has loved and married
  2. Malachi 2:12 Or a grain offering
  3. Malachi 2:13 Lit a second
  4. Malachi 2:13 Or grain offering
  5. Malachi 2:15 Or Did He not make one, although He had the remnant
  6. Malachi 2:15 Or what did the one do while he was seeking
  7. Malachi 2:16 Lit He hates
  8. Malachi 2:16 Lit sending away
  9. Malachi 2:16 Lit he covers