Warning to the Priests
1“Therefore, this decree #Nah 1:14 is for you priests: 2If you don’t listen, and if you don’t take it to heart #Is 42:25|NoBook| 57:1Jr 12:11 to honor My name,” says Yahweh of Hosts, “I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. #Dt 28:20Pr 3:33|NoBook| 28:27Mal 3:9 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, #Hs 4:6-8 and I will spread animal waste # Dung or entrails over your faces, the waste from your festival sacrifices, #Ex 29:14Lv 16:27 and you will be taken away with it. 4Then you will know that I sent you this decree so My covenant with Levi #Nm 25:11-13Dt 10:833:8-11Neh 13:29Jr 33:17-22 may continue,” says the Lord of Hosts. 5“My covenant with him was one of life and peace, #1Sm 25:6Pr 3:2 and I gave these to him; it called for reverence, and he revered Me and stood in awe of My name. #Mal 1:6 6True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing wrong was found on his lips. He walked with Me #Gn 5:22|NoBook| 6:9Mc 6:8 in peace and fairness and turned many from sin. #Is 53:6Jr 23:22Ezk 3:19-20 7For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts. #2Ch 36:15-16Hg 1:13
8“You, on the other hand, have turned from the way. #Ex 32:8Dt 31:29Mal 3:7 You have caused many to stumble #Pr 4:16Is 8:14-15Hs 14:1 by your instruction. You have violated # Lit corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of Hosts. 9“So I in turn have made you despised #Mal 1:6-7 and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.” #Lv 19:15Dt 10:17Ps 82:2Mt 22:161Tm 5:21Jms 2:1
Judah’s Marital Unfaithfulness
10Don’t all of us have one Father? #Ex 4:22-23Is 63:16Hs 11:1Mal 1:6Jn 8:41 Didn’t one God create us? #Dt 32:6Is 43:1-7|NoBook| 64:8 Why then do we act treacherously against one another, #Ex 21:8Jdg 9:23Jb 6:15Is 21:2Jr 3:20 profaning #Nm 30:2Ps 55:20|NoBook| 89:34Mal 1:12 the covenant of our fathers? #1Kg 8:21 11Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestable #Lv 18:22-30Ezr 9:1-14Neh 13:4-9 thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned #Jr 16:18Ezk 44:7 the Lord’s sanctuary, # Or profaned what is holy to the Lord #Ex 36:1-6Zph 3:4 which He loves, #Ps 78:68-69 and has married the daughter of a foreign god. # = a woman who worshiped a foreign god #Dt 7:3-4Ezr 9:1-2Neh 13:23-30 12To the man who does this, may the Lord cut off #Ex 12:19|NoBook| 31:14 any descendants # One Hb ms, LXX, DSS read off one witnessing or answering # Lit off one waking or answering ; Hb obscure #Ru 4:101Sm 24:21 from the tents of Jacob, even if they present an offering to the Lord of Hosts.
13And this is another thing you do: you cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning, #Ps 6:6-10 because He no longer respects your offerings or receives them gladly from your hands. #1Kg 8:28-30Is 56:7
14Yet you ask, “For what reason? ” Because the Lord has been a witness #Gn 31:50-53Jdg 11:101Sm 12:5 between you and the wife of your youth. #Pr 2:16-17|NoBook| 5:18Is 54:6 You have acted treacherously against her, though she was your marriage partner #Ec 4:10 and your wife by covenant. #Ezk 16:8Hs 2:16-20 15Didn’t the one God make us with a remnant of His life-breath? And what does the One seek? # Or Did the One not make them? So their flesh and spirit belong to Him, or No one who does this even has a remnant of the Spirit in him ; Hb obscure A godly offspring. So watch yourselves carefully, # Lit So guard yourselves in your spirit #Ex 23:13Jos 23:11 and do not act treacherously against the wife of your youth.
16“If he hates #Gn 29:31Dt 21:15-17|NoBook| 22:13Jdg 15:2Pr 30:23 and divorces his wife, #Dt 24:1-4” says the Lord God of Israel, “he # Or The Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce and the one who covers his garment with injustice,” #Gn 6:11Ps 73:6Jr 22:3Hab 1:2-3 says the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully, # Lit Therefore, guard yourselves in your spirit and do not act treacherously.
Judgment at the Lord’s Coming
17You have wearied the Lord #Is 43:22-24 with your words.
Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him? ”
When you say, “Everyone who does what is evil is good in the Lord’s sight, and He is pleased with them,” #Dt 25:16Mal 3:15 or “Where is the God of justice? ” #Neh 9:33Is 40:27