2 1 Threatenings against the Priests, being seducers of the people.
1 And now, O ye [a]Priests, this commandment is for you.
2 If ye will not hear it, nor consider it in your heart, to give glory [b]unto my Name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and will curse your [c]blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not consider it in your heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt [d]your seed, and cast dung upon your faces, even the [e]dung of your solemn feasts, and you shall be like unto it.
4 And ye shall know, that I have [f]sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant, which I made with Levi, might stand, saith the Lord of hosts.
5 My [g]covenant was with him of life and peace, and I [h]gave him fear, and he feared me, and was afraid before [i]my Name.
6 The Law of [j]truth was in his mouth, and there was no iniquity found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
7 For the Priest’s [k]lips should preserve knowledge, and they should seek the Law at his mouth: for he is the [l]messenger of the Lord of hosts.
8 But ye are gone out of the way: ye have caused many to fall by the Law: ye have broken the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.
9 Therefore have I also made you to be despised, and vile before all the people, because ye kept not my ways, but have been partial in the Law.
10 Have we not all one [m]father? hath not one God made us? why do we transgress everyone against his brother, and break the covenant of [n]our fathers?
11 Judah hath transgressed, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: for Israel hath defiled the holiness of the Lord, which he loved, and hath married the [o]daughter of a strange god.
12 The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this: both the master and the servant out of the Tabernacle of Jacob, and him that [p]offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts.
13 And this have ye done again, and [q]covered the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and with mourning: because the offering is no more regarded, neither received acceptably at your hands.
14 Yet ye say, [r]Wherein? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast transgressed: yet is she thy [s]companion, and the wife of thy [t]covenant.
15 And did not [u]he make one? yet had he [v]abundance of spirit: and wherefore one? because he sought a godly [w]seed: therefore keep yourselves in your [x]spirit, and let none trespass against the wife of his youth.
16 If thou hatest her, [y]put her away, saith the Lord God of Israel, yet he covereth [z]the injury under his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore keep yourselves in your spirit, and transgress not.
17 Ye have [aa]wearied the Lord with your words: yet ye say wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Everyone that doeth [ab]evil, is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them. Or where is the God of [ac]judgment?
Malachi 2:1He speaketh unto them chiefly, but under them he containeth the people also.
Malachi 2:3You boast of your holiness, sacrifices and feasts, but they shall turn to your shame and be as vile as dung.
Malachi 2:4The Priests objected against the Prophet that he could not reprove them, but he must speak against the Priesthood, and the office established of God by promise, but he showeth that the office is nothing slandered, when these villains and dung are called by their own names.
Malachi 2:5He showeth what were the two conditions of the covenant made with the tribe of Levi on God’s part, that he would give them long life and felicity, and on their part, that they should faithfully serve him according to his word.
Malachi 2:5I prescribed Levi a certain Law to serve me.
Malachi 2:5He served me and set forth my glory with all humilitude and submission.
Malachi 2:6He showeth that the Priests ought to have knowledge to instruct others in the word of the Lord.
Malachi 2:7He is as the treasure house of God’s word, and ought to give to everyone according to their necessity, and not to reserve it for himself.
Malachi 2:7Showing that whosoever doth not declare God’s will, is not his messenger, and Priest.
Malachi 2:10The Prophet accuseth the ingratitude of the Jews toward God and man: for seeing they were all born of one father Abraham, and God had elected them to be his holy people, they ought neither to offend God nor their brethren.
Malachi 2:10Whereby they had bound themselves to God to be an holy people.
Malachi 2:11They have joined themselves in marriage with them that are of another religion.
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