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Corrupt Priests
1“And now, O #Mal. 1:6priests, this commandment is for you.
2#(Lev. 26:14Deut. 28:15)If 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 #Mal. 3:9already,
Because you do not take it to heart.
3“Behold, I will rebuke your descendants
And spread #Ex. 29:14refuse on your faces,
The refuse of your solemn feasts;
And one will #1 Kin. 14:10take you away with it.
4Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
That My covenant with Levi may continue,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
5“My#Num. 25:12Ezek. 34:25 covenant was with him, one of life and peace,
And I gave them to him #Deut. 33:9that he might fear Me;
So he feared Me
And was reverent before My name.
6#Deut. 33:10The law of truth was in his mouth,
And injustice was not found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and equity,
And #Jer. 23:22(James 5:20)turned many away from iniquity.
7“For#Num. 27:21Deut. 17:8–11Jer. 18:18 the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
And people should seek the law from his mouth;
#(Gal. 4:14)For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
8But you have departed from the way;
You #Jer. 18:15have caused many to stumble at the law.
#Num. 25:1213Neh. 13:29Ezek. 44:10You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
9“Therefore #1 Sam. 2:30I also have made you contemptible and base
Before all the people,
Because you have not kept My ways
But have shown #Deut. 1:17Mic. 3:111 Tim. 5:21partiality in the law.”
Treachery of Infidelity
10#Jer. 31:91 Cor. 8:6(Eph. 4:6)Have we not all one Father?
#Job 31:15Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously with one another
By profaning the covenant of the fathers?
11Judah has dealt treacherously,
And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem,
For Judah has #Ezra 9:12Neh. 13:23profaned
The Lord’s holy institution which He loves:
He has married the daughter of a foreign god.
12May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob
The man who does this, being awake and aware,
Yet #Neh. 13:29who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts!
13And this is the second thing you do:
You cover the altar of the Lord with tears,
With weeping and crying;
So He does not regard the offering anymore,
Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
14Yet you say, “For what reason?”
Because the Lord has been witness
Between you and #Prov. 5:18Jer. 9:2Mal. 3:5the wife of your youth,
With whom you have dealt treacherously;
#Prov. 2:17Yet she is your companion
And your wife by covenant.
15But #Gen. 2:24Matt. 19:45did He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks #Ezra 9:2(1 Cor. 7:14)godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
16“For #Deut. 24:1(Matt. 5:31De 19:6–8)the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”
17#Is. 43:22You have wearied the Lord with your words;
Yet you say,
“In what way have we wearied Him?
In that you say,
#Is. 5:20Zeph. 1:12“Everyone who does evil
Is good in the sight of the Lord,
And He delights in them,”
Or, “Where is the God of justice?”
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