Malachi 2:15
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New International Version
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

New Living Translation
Didn't the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.

English Standard Version
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

New American Standard Bible
"But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.

King James Bible
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Didn't the one God make us with a remnant of His life-breath? And what does the One seek? A godly offspring. So watch yourselves carefully, and do not act treacherously against the wife of your youth."

International Standard Version
Did he not make them one? And the vestige of the spirit remains in him. And why did he make them one? He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and don't be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

NET Bible
No one who has even a small portion of the Spirit in him does this. What did our ancestor do when seeking a child from God? Be attentive, then, to your own spirit, for one should not be disloyal to the wife he took in his youth.

New Heart English Bible
Did he not make one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? Why one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Didn't [God] make you one? Your flesh and spirit belong to him. And what does the same [God] look for but godly descendants? So be careful not to be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And not one hath done so Who had exuberance of spirit! For what seeketh the one? A seed given of God. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

New American Standard 1977
“But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then, to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And did he not make one, having in himself abundance of the Spirit? And why one? That he might seek offspring of God. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

King James 2000 Bible
And did not he make them one? Yet had he the remnant of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

American King James Version
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

American Standard Version
And did he not make one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? And wherefore one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Did not one make her, and she is the residue of his spirit? And what doth one seek, but the seed of God? Keep then your spirit, and despise not the wife of thy youth.

Darby Bible Translation
And did not one make [them]? and the remnant of the Spirit was his. And wherefore the one? He sought a seed of God. Take heed then to your spirit, and let none deal unfaithfully against the wife of his youth,

English Revised Version
And did he not make one, although he had the residue of the spirit? And wherefore one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And did he not make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

World English Bible
Did he not make you one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? Why one? He sought a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Young's Literal Translation
And He did not make one only, And He hath the remnant of the Spirit. And what is the one alone! He is seeking a godly seed. And ye have been watchful over your spirit, And with the wife of thy youth, None doth deal treacherously.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:10-17 Corrupt practices are the fruit of corrupt principles; and he who is false to his God, will not be true to his fellow mortals. In contempt of the marriage covenant, which God instituted, the Jews put away the wives they had of their own nation, probably to make room for strange wives. They made their lives bitter to them; yet, in the sight of others, they pretend to be tender of them. Consider she is thy wife; thy own; the nearest relation thou hast in the world. The wife is to be looked on, not as a servant, but as a companion to the husband. There is an oath of God between them, which is not to be trifled with. Man and wife should continue to their lives' end, in holy love and peace. Did not God make one, one Eve for one Adam? Yet God could have made another Eve. Wherefore did he make but one woman for one man? It was that the children might be made a seed to serve him. Husbands and wives must live in the fear of God, that their seed may be a godly seed. The God of Israel saith that he hateth putting away. Those who would be kept from sin, must take heed to their spirits, for there all sin begins. Men will find that their wrong conduct in their families springs from selfishness, which disregards the welfare and happiness of others, when opposed to their own passions and fancies. It is wearisome to God to hear people justify themselves in wicked practices. Those who think God can be a friend to sin, affront him, and deceive themselves. The scoffers said, Where is the God of judgement? but the day of the Lord will come.
Study Bible
Judah's Unfaithfulness
14"Yet you say, 'For what reason?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15"But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16"For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."…
Cross References
Matthew 19:4
Jesus answered, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'

Matthew 19:5
and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

1 Corinthians 7:14
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his believing wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.

Genesis 2:24
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Exodus 20:14
"You shall not commit adultery.

Leviticus 20:10
If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Ruth 4:12
"Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman."

1 Samuel 2:20
Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, "May the LORD give you children from this woman in place of the one she dedicated to the LORD." And they went to their own home.

Proverbs 2:17
That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God;
Treasury of Scripture

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

did.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created …

Genesis 2:20-24 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and …

Matthew 19:4-6 And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which …

Mark 10:6-8 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female…

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, …

residue. or, excellency. the spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Job 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, …

That he.

Genesis 24:3-7,44 And I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the …

Genesis 26:34,35 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter …

Genesis 27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters …

Genesis 28:2-4 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father…

Deuteronomy 7:4 For they will turn away your son from following me, that they may …

Ezra 9:4 Then were assembled to me every one that trembled at the words of …

Nehemiah 13:24 And their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod, and could …

Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then …

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving …

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

1 Timothy 3:4,5,11,12 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection …

Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children …

godly seed. Heb. seed of God.

Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

Acts 3:25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God …

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, …

take.

Malachi 2:14 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you …

Proverbs 7:25 Let not your heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

Matthew 5:28,29 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed…

treacherously. or, unfaithfully.

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