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Malachi 2:7-9 New English Translation (NET Bible)

For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge of sacred things, and people should seek instruction from him[a] because he is the messenger of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You, however, have turned from the way. You have caused many to violate the law;[b] you have corrupted the covenant with Levi,”[c] says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent that you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your[d] instruction.”


  1. Malachi 2:7 tn Heb “from his mouth” (so NAB, NASB, NRSV).
  2. Malachi 2:8 tn The definite article embedded within בַּתּוֹרָה (battorah) may suggest that the Torah is in mind and not just “ordinary” priestly instruction, though it might refer to the instruction previously mentioned (v. 7).
  3. Malachi 2:8 tn Or “the Levitical covenant.”
  4. Malachi 2:9 tn Heb “in the instruction” (so NASB). The Hebrew article is used here as a possessive pronoun (cf. NRSV, NLT).
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