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2 “Therefore, this decree j is for you priests: 2 If you don’t listen, and if you don’t take it to heart k to honor My name,” says * Yahweh of * Hosts, “I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. l In fact, I have already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart.
3 “Look, I am going to rebuke your descendants, m and I will spread animal waste n over your faces, the waste from your festival sacrifices, o and you will be taken away with it. 4 Then you will know that I sent you this decree so My covenant with Levi p may continue,” says the Lord of Hosts. 5 “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, q and I gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered Me and stood in awe of My name. r 6 True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing wrong was found on his lips. He walked with Me s in peace and fairness and turned many from sin. t 7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts. u
8 “You, on the other hand, have turned from the way. v You have caused many to stumble w by your instruction. You have violated x the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of Hosts. 9 “So I in turn have made you despised y and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.” z
10 Don’t all of us have one Father? a Didn’t one God create us? b Why then do we act treacherously against one another, c profaning d the covenant of our fathers? e 11 Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestable f thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned g the Lord’s sanctuary, h i which He loves, j and has married the daughter of a foreign god. k l 12 To the man who does this, may the Lord cut off m any descendants n o p from the tents of Jacob, even if they present an offering to the Lord of Hosts.
14 Yet you ask, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been a witness s between you and the wife of your youth. t You have acted treacherously against her, though she was your marriage partner u and your wife by covenant. v 15 Didn’t the one God make us with a remnant of His life-breath? And what does the One seek? w A godly * offspring. So watch yourselves carefully, x y and do not act treacherously against the wife of your youth.
16 “If he hates z and divorces his wife, a” says the Lord God of Israel, “he b covers his garment with injustice,” c says the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully, d and do not act treacherously.
17 You have wearied the Lord e with your words.
Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?”
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