1“And now, O priests, this command is for you. (Mal 1:6; Mal 2:4)2If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. (Le 26:14; De 28:15; Ps 69:22; Mal 3:9)3Behold, I will rebuke your offspring,
1. Hebrew seed
 and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.
 was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. (De 33:10; Da 12:3; Jas 5:20)7For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people
1. Hebrew they
 should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. (Le 10:11; De 17:9)8But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, (1Sa 2:17; Jer 18:15; Eze 22:26; Mal 2:4)9and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.” (De 1:17; De 16:19; 1Sa 2:30)
Judah Profaned the Covenant
10Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? (Isa 21:2; Isa 24:16; Isa 33:1; Ac 17:26; 1Co 8:6; Eph 4:6)11Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. (Ezr 9:2; Mal 2:10)12May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant
1. Hebrew any who wakes and answers
 of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts! (Mal 1:7)13And this second thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. (Zec 7:3)14But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. (Isa 54:6; Mal 1:2; Mal 2:10; Mal 2:11; Mal 3:5)15Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?
1. Hebrew in it
 And what was the one God
2. Hebrew the one
3. Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking?
 Godly offspring. So guard yourselves
4. Or So take care; also verse 16
 in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. (Ge 2:24; Ezr 9:2; Mal 2:10; Mt 19:4)16“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,
1. Hebrew who hates and divorces
 says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers
2. Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers
17You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” (Isa 5:20; Isa 43:24; Mal 2:14; Mal 3:1; Mal 3:15; 2Pe 3:4)