2* And now this message is to you priests. 2 If you do not listen and do not pay attention, giving glory to my name, says Jehovah of Armies, I will send the curse upon you and curse your blessings; and cursed it I have, too, because you are not paying attention. 3* Here I am rebuking the seed for you and will sprinkle offal on your faces, the offal from your feasts, and they shall carry you to it. 4** And you shall know that I have sent this message to you to have my covenant be with Levi, says Jehovah of Armies. 5* My covenant with him was life and well-being, and I gave them to him; fear, and he feared me, and he was in terror at my name. 6 Trustworthy rulings were in his mouth and dishonesty was never found on his lips; he walked with me staunchly and straightforwardly, and turned many back from offending. 7 For a priest’s lips are to keep knowledge, and they seek rulings from his mouth, because he is the messenger of Jehovah of Armies. 8 But you have quitted the road, you have brought many to a fall by rulings; you have wrecked Levi’s covenant, says Jehovah of Armies, 9* and I on my part have made your status low and despised by all the people, in harmony with your not keeping my ways and favoring persons in rulings.
10 Do we not all have one father? did not one Deity create us? how is it we are faithless to our brothers, nullifying our fathers’ covenant? 11* Judah has acted faithlessly, and an abominable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has nullified Jehovah’s sanctities which he loves and has married a foreign deity’s daughter. 12* Jehovah deprive the man who does it of waker and answerer in Jacob’s tents, and of offerer to Jehovah of Armies.
13* And this second thing you do, covering Jehovah’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning, beyond any more possibility of facing toward the offering or having satisfaction from your hands. 14 And you say “On what account?” On account of Jehovah’s having borne witness between you and the wife of your youth, toward whom you have broken faith, though she is your consort and your contracted spouse. 15* And did he not make one, though he had a remainder of breath? and what was the one aiming at? posterity of God. But be on your guard as to your spirits, and let one not break faith toward the wife of his youth. 16** For Israel’s God Jehovah hates divorce, and outrage covers his garment, says Jehovah of Armies. But be on your guard as to your spirits and do not break faith.
17 You have made it hard for Jehovah with your words. And you say “In what have we made it hard?” In your saying “Everybody that does bad things pleases Jehovah, he has a fancy for them—or where is the God of justice?”