Malachi 2 ©
The priests are sharply reproved for profaning the covenant which was given them; and the people for marrying strange wives, and treacherously putting away their former ones; and for impiety.
bIf ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, cto give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse dyour blessings: yea, eI have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
oFor the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is pthe messenger of the LORD of hosts.
¶xJudah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in yIsrael and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned zthe holiness of the LORD which he 6loved, and hath married athe daughter of a strange god.
And this chave ye done again, dcovering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch ethat he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
¶Yet ye say, fWherefore? gBecause the LORD hath been witness between thee and hthe wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she ithy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith 11that 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.
¶Ye have lwearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, mWherein have we wearied him? When ye say, nEvery one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, oWhere is the God of judgment?