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2Malachi

1 And now, you priests, this decree is for you:

 
2 if you will not listen to me and pay heed to the honouring of my name, says the LORD of Hosts, then I will lay a curse upon you. I will turn your blessings into a curse; yes, into a curse, because you pay no heed.  
3 I will cut off your arm Or posterity, fling offal in your faces, the offal of your pilgrim-feasts, and I will banish you from my presence.

 
4 Then you will know that I have issued this decree against you: my covenant with Levi falls to the ground, says the LORD of Hosts.  
5 My covenant was with him: I bestowed life and prosperity on him; I laid on him the duty of reverence, he revered me and lived in awe of my name.  
6 The instruction he gave was true, and no word of injustice fell from his lips; he walked in harmony with me and in uprightness, and he turned many back from sin.  
7 For men hang upon the words of the priest and seek knowledge and instruction from him, because he is the messenger of the LORD of Hosts.  
8 But you have turned away from that course; you have made many stumble with your instruction; you have set at nought the covenant with the Levites, says the LORD Of Hosts.  
9 So I, in my turn, have made you despicable and mean in the eyes of the people, in so far as you disregard my ways and show partiality in your instruction.  
10 Have we not all one father? Did not one God create us? Why do we violate the covenant of our forefathers by being faithless to one another?

The people's unfaithfulness. Mal.2.10-16
11 Judah is faithless, and abominable things are done in Israel and in Jerusalem; Judah has violated the holiness of the LORD by loving and marrying daughters of a foreign god.  
12 May the LORD banish any who do this from the dwellings of Jacob, nomads or settlers, even though they bring offerings to the LORD of Hosts.  
13 Here is another thing that you do: you weep and moan, and you drown the altar of the LORD with tears, but he still refuses to look at the offering or receive an acceptable gift from you.

 
14 You ask why. It is because the LORD has borne witness against you on behalf of the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner and your wife by solemn covenant.  
15 Did not the one God make her, both flesh and spirit? And what does the one God require but godly children? Keep watch on your spirit, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

 
16 If a man divorces or puts away his spouse, he overwhelms her with cruelty, says the LORD of Hosts the God of Israel. Keep watch on your spirit, and do not be unfaithful.  
17 You have wearied the LORD with your talk. You ask, 'How have we wearied him?' By saying that all evildoers are good in the eyes of the LORD, that he is pleased with them, or by asking, 'Where is the God of justice?'

The day of judgement is near. Mal.2.17-3.5
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