You cover the altar of the Lord with tears,
With weeping and crying;
So He does not regard the offering anymore,
Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
Because the Lord has been witness
Between you and tthe wife of your youth,
With whom you have dealt treacherously;
uYet she is your companion
And your wife by covenant.
15 But vdid He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks wgodly offspring.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
16 “For xthe Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”