Malachi 2:1
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New International Version
"And now, you priests, this warning is for you.

New Living Translation
"Listen, you priests--this command is for you!

English Standard Version
“And now, O priests, this command is for you.

New American Standard Bible
"And now this commandment is for you, O priests.

King James Bible
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, this decree is for you priests:

International Standard Version
Now this commandment is for you priests:

NET Bible
"Now, you priests, this commandment is for you.

New Heart English Bible
"Now, you priests, this commandment is for you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"And now, you priests, this warning is for you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now, this commandment Is for you, O ye priests.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, this commandment is for you, O priests.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.

American King James Version
And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.

American Standard Version
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is to you.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, ye priests, this commandment is for you.

English Revised Version
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

World English Bible
"Now, you priests, this commandment is for you.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, to you is this charge, O priests,
Study Bible
A Warning to Priests
1"And now this commandment is for you, O priests. 2"If you do not listen, and if you do 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; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.…
Cross References
Malachi 1:6
"'A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name?'

Malachi 1:14
"But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King," says the LORD of hosts, "and My name is feared among the nations."

Malachi 2:2
"If you do not listen, and if you do 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; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Jeremiah 13:13 Then shall you say to them, Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will fill …

Lamentations 4:13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, …

Hosea 5:1 Hear you this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give …

II.

(1-9) The decree against the priests.

(1) Commandment.--Better, decree. (Comp. the use of the verb from which this substantive is derived in Nahum 1:14; Psalm 7:6; Psalm 42:8.)

Verses 1-4. - § 4. For these derelictions of duty the priests are threatened with punishment. Verse 1. - This commandment. The threat or announcement is called a commandment, because God ordains it and imposes its execution on certain instruments. (For the expression, camp. Leviticus 25:21.) The threat is contained in vers. 2, 3. And now, O ye priests,.... That despised and profaned the name of the Lord; that suffered such corrupt and illegal sacrifices to be brought and offered up:

this commandment is for you: of giving glory to the name of God; of taking care of his worship; of teaching the people knowledge, and directing them in the way in which they should walk; as follows: CHAPTER 2

Mal 2:1-17. Reproof of the Priests for Violating the Covenant; and the People Also for Mixed Marriages and Unfaithfulness.

1. for you—The priests in particular are reproved, as their part was to have led the people aright, and reproved sin, whereas they encouraged and led them into sin. Ministers cannot sin or suffer alone. They drag down others with them if they fall [Moore].2:1-9 What is here said of the covenant of priesthood, is true of the covenant of grace made with all believers, as spiritual priests. It is a covenant of life and peace; it assures all believers of all happiness, both in this world and in that to come. It is an honour to God's servants to be employed as his messengers. The priest's lips should not keep knowledge from his people, but keep it for them. The people are all concerned to know the will of the Lord. We must not only consult the written word, but desire instruction and advice from God's messengers, in the affairs of our souls. Ministers must exert themselves to the utmost for the conversion of sinners; and even among those called Israelites, there are many to be turned from iniquity. Those ministers, and those only, are likely to turn men from sin, who preach sound doctrine, and live holy lives according to the Scripture. Many departed from this way; thus they misled the people. Such as walk with God in peace and righteousness, and turn others from sin, honour God; he will honour them, while those who despise him shall be lightly esteemed.
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