Additional Warning to the Priests
2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for
2:2 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.
2:3 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.
2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment
unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the
LORD of hosts.
2:5 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.
2:6 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.
2:7 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.
2:8 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.
2:9 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.
2:10 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?
2:11 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.
2:12 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.
2:13 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.
2:14 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.
2:15 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.
2:16 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.
2:17 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?