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2 And now, aO ye priests, this commandment is for you.

bIf ye will not hear, and if ye will not clay it to heart,

To give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts,

dI will even send dea curse upon you, and I will curse fyour blessings:

Yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not clay it to heart.

Behold, gI will ||corrupt your seed,

And hspread dung upon your faces, even ithe dung of your ksolemn feasts;

And ||ilone shall take you away with it.

And ye shall know that I have sent mthis commandment unto you,

That nmy covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

noMy covenant was with him of life and opeace;

And I gave them to him pfor the fear wherewith he feared me,

And was afraid before my name.

qThe law of truth was in his mouth,

And iniquity was not found in his lips:

He walked with me in peace and requity,

And sdid turn many away from iniquity.

tFor the priest’s ulips should keep knowledge,

And tthey should seek the law at his mouth:

For he is vthe messenger of the Lord of hosts.

But ye are departed out of the way;

Ye whave caused many to ||stumble at the law;

Ye have corrupted nthe covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

Therefore xhave I also made you contemptible and base before all the people,

yAccording as ye have not kept my ways,

But ||zhave been partial in the law.

10  aHave we not all one father?

bHath not one God created us?

Why do we cdeal treacherously every man against his brother,

dBy profaning the covenant of our fathers?

11  Judah hath cdealt treacherously,

And an abomination is committed in eIsrael and in Jerusalem;

For Judah hath profaned fthe holiness of the Lord which he ||loved,

gAnd hath hmarried ithe daughter of a strange god.

12  The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, ||the master and mthe scholar,

Out of the tabernacles of Jacob,

And nhim that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts.

13  And this have ye done again,

Covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out,

Insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more,

Or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

14  oYet ye say, Wherefore?

Because pthe Lord hath been witness between thee and qthe wife of thy youth,

Against whom thou hast cdealt treacherously:

Yet is she rthy companion, and rthe wife of thy covenant.

15  And sdid not he make one? Yet had he the ||residue of the spirit.

And wherefore one? That he might seek ta godly seed.

uTherefore take heed to your spirit,

And let none cdeal ||treacherously against qthe wife of his youth.

16  For vthe Lord, the God of Israel, saith ||that he hateth putting away:

For one covereth violence wwith his garment, saith the Lord of hosts:

uTherefore take heed to your spirit, that ye cdeal not treacherously.

17  xYe have wearied the Lord ywith your words.

oYet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him?

yWhen ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord,

And zhe delighteth in them;

Or, aWhere is the God of judgment?

KJV 1900

About King James Version

This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.

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