1And now, O priests, this commandment is to you.
2If you° will not listen, and if you° will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, says the Lord Almighty, then I will send forth the curse upon you, and I will bring a curse upon your blessing: yes, I will curse it, and I will scatter your blessing, and it shall not exist amongst you, because you° lay not this to heart.
3Behold, I turn my back upon you, and I will scatter dung upon your faces, the dung of your feasts, and I will carry you away at the same time.
4And you° shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant might be with the sons of Levi, says the Lord Almighty.
5My covenant of life and peace was with him, and I gave it him that he might reverently fear me, and that he might be awe-struck at my name.
6The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked before me directing his way in peace, and he turned many from unrighteousness.
7For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty.
8But you° have turned aside from the way, and caused many to fail in following the law: you° have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord Almighty.
9And I have made you despised and cast out amongst all the people, because you° have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
10Have you° not all one father? Did not one God create you? why have you° forsaken every man his brother, to profane the covenant of your fathers?
11Juda has been forsaken, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Juda has profaned the holy things of the Lord, which he delighted in, and has gone after other gods.
12The Lord will utterly destroy the man that does these things, until he be even cast down from out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and from amongst them that offer sacrifice to the Lord Almighty.
13And these things which I hated, you° did: you° covered with tears the altar of the Lord, and with weeping and groaning because of troubles: is it meet for me to have respect to your sacrifice, or to receive anything from your hands as welcome?
14Yet you° said, Therefore? Because the Lord has borne witness between you and the wife of your youth, whom you have forsaken, and yet she was your partner, and the wife of your covenant.
15And did he not do well? and there was the residue of his spirit. But you° said, What does God seek but a seed? But take you° heed to your spirit, and forsake not the wife of your youth.
16But if you should hate your wife and put her away, says the Lord God of Israel, then ungodliness shall cover your thoughts, says the Lord Almighty: therefore take you° heed to your spirit, and forsake them not,
17you° that have provoked God with your words. But you° said, Wherein have we provoked him? In that you° say, Every one that does evil is a pleasing object in the sight of the Lord, and he takes pleasure in such; and where is the God of justice?