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2 “Therefore, this decreez is for you priests: 2 If you don’t listen, and if you don’t take it to heartaa to honor my name,” says the Lord of Armies, “I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings.ab 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,ac and I will spread animal wasteJ over your faces, the waste from your festival sacrifices,ad and you will be taken away with it. 4 Then you will know that I sent you this decree, so that my covenant with Leviae may continue,” says the Lord of Armies. 5 “My covenant with him was one of life and peace,af and I gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.ag 6 True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing wrong was found on his lips. He walked with meah in peace and integrity and turned many from iniquity.ai 7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should desire instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Armies.aj
8 “You, on the other hand, have turned from the way.a You have caused many to stumbleb by your instruction. You have violatedA the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of Armies. 9 “So I in turn have made you despisedc and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping my ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.”d
10 Don’t all of us have one Father?e Didn’t one God create us?f Why then do we act treacherously against one another,g profaningh the covenant of our ancestors?i 11 Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestablej act has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profanedk the Lord’s sanctuary,B,l which he loves,m and has married the daughter of a foreign god.C,n 12 May the Lord cut offo from the tents of Jacob the man who does this, whoever he may be,D,p even if he presents an offering to the Lord of Armies.
14 And you ask, “Why?” Because even though the Lord has been a witnesss between you and the wife of your youth,t you have acted treacherously against her. She was your marriage partneru and your wife by covenant.v 15 Didn’t God make them one and give them a portion of spirit? What is the one seeking?D Godly offspring. So watch yourselves carefully,E,w so that no one acts treacherously against the wife of hisF youth.
16 “If he hatesx and divorces his wife,”y says the Lord God of Israel, “heG covers his garment with injustice,”z says the Lord of Armies. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully,H and do not act treacherously.
17 You have wearied the Lordaa with your words.
Yet you ask, “How have we wearied him?”
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