Malachi 2:1-9 New International Version

Israel's Unfaithfulness Rebuked

2 1  "And now, you priests, this warning is for you. 2  If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name," says the Lord Almighty, "I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me. 3  "Because of you I will rebuke your descendants[1] ; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it. 4  And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the Lord Almighty. 5  "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6  True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. 7  "For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. 8  But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi," says the Lord Almighty. 9  "So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law."


Footnotes

[1] 2:3 Or "will blight your grain"

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