14 (A)But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord (B)was witness between you and the wife of your youth, (C)to whom (D)you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 (E)Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?[a] And what was the one God[b] seeking?[c] (F)Godly offspring. So guard yourselves[d] in your spirit, and let none of you be (G)faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For (H)the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,[e] says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers[f] his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and (I)do not be faithless.”

The Messenger of the Lord

17 (J)You have wearied the Lord with your words. (K)But you say, “How have we wearied him?” (L)By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, (M)“Where is the God of justice?”

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 2:15 Hebrew in it
  2. Malachi 2:15 Hebrew the one
  3. Malachi 2:15 Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking?
  4. Malachi 2:15 Or So take care; also verse 16
  5. Malachi 2:16 Hebrew who hates and divorces
  6. Malachi 2:16 Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers

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