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2 “And now, O apriests, this commandment is for you.
2 bIf you will not hear,
And if you will not take it to heart,
To give glory to My name,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“I will send a curse upon you,
And I will curse your blessings.
Yes, I have cursed them calready,
Because you do not take it to heart.
And spread drefuse on your faces,
The refuse of your solemn feasts;
That My covenant with Levi may continue,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
5 “My fcovenant was with him, one of life and peace,
And I gave them to him gthat he might fear Me;
So he feared Me
And was reverent before My name.
And 3injustice was not found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and equity,
And iturned many away from iniquity.
7 “For jthe lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;
kFor he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
You lhave caused many to stumble at the law.
mYou have corrupted the covenant of Levi,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
9 “Therefore nI also have made you contemptible and base
Before all the people,
Because you have not kept My ways
But have shown opartiality in the law.”
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