NASB — Malachi 2 — KJV

Priests to Be Disciplined

1 “And now this commandment is for you, O priests. 2 If you do anot listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name,” says the LORD of hosts, “then I will send the bcurse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have ccursed them [already], because you are not taking [it] to heart. 3 Behold, I am going to arebuke your Ioffspring, and I will bspread IIrefuse on your faces, the IIrefuse of your cfeasts; and you will be taken away IIIwith it. 4 Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, Ithat My acovenant may IIcontinue with Levi,” says the LORD of hosts. 5 “My covenant with him was [one of] life and apeace, and I gave them to him [as an object of] Ireverence; so he IIbrevered Me and stood in awe of My name. 6 IaTrue instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked bwith Me in peace and uprightness, and he cturned many back from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest should preserve aknowledge, and Imen should bseek IIinstruction from his mouth; for he is the cmessenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to astumble Iby the instruction; you have IIbcorrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the LORD of hosts. 9 “So aI also have made you despised and babased Ibefore all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing cpartiality in the IIinstruction.

[2] aLv 26:14, 15; Dt 28:15 bDt 28:16-20 cMal 3:9
[3] ILit seed IIOr vomit IIILit to aLv 26:16; Dt 28:38 bNa 3:6 cEx 29:14
[4] IOr to be My covenant with IILit be aNu 3:11-13, 45; 18:21; Ne 13:29; Mal 3:1
[5] IOr fear IIOr feared aNu 25:12 bNu 25:7, 8, 13
[6] IOr Law of truth aPs 119:142, 151, 160 bDt 33:8, 9; Ps 37:37 cJr 23:22
[7] ILit they IIOr law aLv 10:11; Ne 8:7 bNu 27:21; Dt 17:8-11; Jr 18:18; Ezk 7:26 cHg 1:13
[8] IOr in the law IIOr violated aJr 18:15 bNu 25:12, 13; Ne 13:29; Ezk 44:10
[9] ILit to IIOr law aNa 3:6 bEzk 7:26 cDt 1:17; Mi 3:11

Sin in the Family

10 ¶ “Do we not all have aone father? bHas not one God created us? Why do we deal ctreacherously each against his brother so as to profane the dcovenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has dealt atreacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has bprofaned the sanctuary of the LORD Iwhich He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 [As] for the man who does this, may the aLORD cut off from the tents of Jacob [everyone] who awakes and answers, or who bpresents Ian offering to the LORD of hosts.

[10] aIs 63:16; 64:8; Jr 31:9; 1Co 8:6; Ep 4:6 bAc 17:24f cJr 9:4, 5 dEx 19:4-6; 24:3, 7, 8
[11] IOr in that He has loved and married aJr 3:7-9 bEzr 9:1, 2
[12] IOr a grain offering aEzk 24:21; Ho 9:12 bMal 1:10, 13

13 ¶ “This is Ianother thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He ano longer regards the IIoffering or accepts [it with] favor from your hand. 14 Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the awife of your youth, against whom you have dealt btreacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 IBut not one has adone [so] who has a remnant of the Spirit. And IIwhat did [that] one [do] while he was seeking a bgodly IIIoffspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal ctreacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 For II hate IIadivorce,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “and IIIhim who covers his garment with IVbwrong,” says the LORD of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

[13] ILit second IIOr grain offering aJr 11:14; 14:12
[14] aIs 54:6 bJr 9:2; Mal 3:5
[15] IOr Did He not make one, although He had the remnant IIOr why one? He sought a godly offspring IIILit seed aGn 2:24; Mt 19:4, 5 bRu 4:12; 1S 2:20 cEx 20:14; Lv 20:10
[16] ILit He hates IILit sending away IIILit he covers IVOr violence aDt 24:1; Mt 5:31; 19:6-8 bPs 73:6; Is 59:6

17 ¶ You have awearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied [Him]?” In that you say, “bEveryone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He cdelights in them,” or, “dWhere is the God of ejustice?”

[17] aIs 43:22, 24 bIs 5:20; Zp 1:12 cJb 9:24 d2P 3:4 eIs 5:19; Jr 17:15


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He sharply reproveth the priests for neglecting their Covenant,

1 ¶ And now, O ye priests, this commandment [is] for you. 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay [it] to heart. 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, [even] the dung of your solemn feasts; and [one] shall take you away with it. 4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him [for] the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he [is] the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law. 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

[1] Jr 13:13; Lm 4:13; Ho 5:1; Mal 1:6.
[2] Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15, 16, 53; 30:17; Jsh 7:19; Ps 69:22; 81:11; 109:7; Is 30:8; 42:25; 47:7; 57:11; Jr 6:16; 13:16, 17; 25:4; 34:17; Ezk 3:7; Ho 4:7; 9:11; Hg 1:6, 9; 2:16; Zc 1:3; 7:11; Mal 3:9; Lk 17:18; 23:28; 1P 4:11; Rv 14:7; 16:9.
[3] 1S 2:29; 1K 14:10; 2K 9:36; Jb 20:7; Ps 83:10; Jr 8:2; Jol 1:17; Na 3:6; Mal 2:9; Lk 14:35; 1Co 4:13.
[4] 1K 22:25; Is 1:24; 26:11; 27:9; Jr 28:9; Ezk 20:38; 33:33; 38:23; 44:9; Mt 3:12; Lk 10:11; Jn 15:2.
[5] Ex 32:26; Nu 3:45; 8:15; 16:9; 18:8; 25:12; Dt 33:8; Ps 106:30; Ezk 34:25; 37:26.
[6] Gn 5:21; 6:9; 17:1; Ps 37:30; Jr 23:22; Ezk 44:23; Dn 12:3; Ho 4:6; Mt 22:16; Mk 12:14; Lk 1:6, 16; 20:21; Ac 26:18; 1Th 1:9; 2Ti 2:15; Tit 1:7; Jm 5:19; Rv 14:5.
[7] Lv 10:11; Dt 17:8; 21:5; 24:8; 2Ch 17:8; 30:22; Ezr 7:10; Ne 8:2; Is 42:19; 44:26; Jr 15:19; 18:18; Hg 1:13; 2:11; Mal 3:1; Jn 13:20; 20:21; Ac 16:17; 2Co 5:20; Ga 4:14; 1Th 4:8; 2Ti 2:24.
[8] Lv 21:15; 1S 2:17, 24, 30; Ne 13:29; Ps 18:21; 119:102; Is 9:16; 30:11; 59:13; Jr 17:5, 13; 18:15; 23:11; Ezk 44:10; Dn 9:5; Mal 2:5, 9, 10; Mt 15:2; Lk 11:45; Ro 2:19; 14:21; He 3:12.
[9] Dt 1:17; 1S 2:30; 1K 22:28; Pv 10:7; Jr 28:15; 29:20, 31; Ezk 13:12, 21; Dn 12:2; Mi 3:6; Mal 2:3, 8; Mt 5:21, 27, 33, 43; 19:17; 23:16; Mk 7:8, 13; Lk 10:29; 11:42; 20:45; Ro 7:7; Ga 2:6.
[10] Ex 34:10; Jsh 23:12; 24:3; Ezr 9:11; 10:2; Ne 13:29; Jb 31:15; Ps 100:3; Is 43:1, 7, 15; 44:2; 51:2; 63:16; 64:8; Jr 9:4; Ezk 33:24; Mi 7:2; Mal 1:6; 2:8, 11, 14; Mt 3:9; 10:21; 22:16; Lk 1:73; 3:8; Jn 8:39, 41, 53, 56; Ac 7:2, 26; 17:25; Ro 4:1; 9:10; 1Co 6:6; 8:6; Ep 4:6, 25; 1Th 4:6; He 12:9.

and the people for idolatry,

11 ¶ Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him 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.

[11] Gn 6:1; Ex 19:5; Lv 18:24; 20:26; Dt 7:3; 14:2; 33:26; Jg 3:6; 1K 11:1; Ezr 9:1, 12; 10:2; Ne 13:23; Ps 106:28, 34; Jr 2:3, 7, 21; 7:10; Ezk 18:13; 22:11; Ho 6:7; 2Co 6:14; Rv 21:8.
[12] Gn 4:3; Lv 18:29; 20:3; Nu 15:30; 24:5; Jsh 23:12; 1S 2:31; 3:14; 15:22; 1Ch 25:8; Ezr 10:18; Ne 13:28; Is 9:14; 24:1; 61:8; 66:3; Ezk 14:10; Ho 4:4; Am 5:22; Zc 12:7; Mal 2:10; Mt 15:14; 2Ti 3:13; Rv 19:20.
[13] Dt 15:9; 26:14; 1S 1:9; 2S 13:19; Ne 8:9; Ps 78:34; Pv 15:8; 21:27; Ec 4:1; Is 1:11; Jr 6:20.

for adultery,

14 ¶ Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

[14] Gn 2:18; 31:50; Jg 11:10; 1S 12:5; Pv 2:17; 5:18; 30:20; Ec 9:9; So 1:15; Is 54:6; 58:3; Jr 8:12; 42:5; Ezk 16:8; Mi 1:2; Mal 1:6; 2:15; 3:5, 8.
[15] Gn 1:27; 2:7, 20; 6:2; 24:3, 44; 26:34; 27:46; 28:2; Dt 7:4; Ezr 9:4; Ne 13:24; Jb 27:3; Pv 4:23; 6:25; 7:25; Ec 12:7; Jr 2:21; Ho 1:10; Mal 2:14; Mt 5:28; 15:19; 19:4; Mk 10:6; Jn 20:22; Ac 3:25; 1Co 7:2, 14; 2Co 6:18; Ep 6:4; 1Ti 3:4, 11; Tit 1:6; Jm 1:14.
[16] Dt 24:1; Pv 28:13; Is 28:20; 50:1; 59:6; Mi 7:2; Mt 5:31; 19:3; Mk 10:2; Lk 16:18.

and for infidelity.

17 ¶ Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied [him]? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil [is] good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where [is] the God of judgment?

[17] Dt 32:4; 1S 2:3; Jb 34:5, 17, 36; 36:17; Ps 10:11; 73:3; 95:9; Ec 8:11; Is 1:14; 5:18; 7:13; 30:18; 43:24; Jr 15:6; Ezk 8:12; 9:9; 16:43; Am 2:13; Zp 1:12; Mal 1:6; 2:14; 3:8, 13; Mt 11:18; 2P 3:3.


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