Malachi 2:2
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New International Version
If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.

New Living Translation
Listen to me and make up your minds to honor my name," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies, "or I will bring a terrible curse against you. I will curse even the blessings you receive. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you have not taken my warning to heart.

English Standard Version
If 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.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you don't listen, and if you don't take it to heart to honor My name," says Yahweh of Hosts, "I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. In fact, I have already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart."

International Standard Version
"If you don't listen, and if you don't choose to give honor to my name," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "then I'll curse both you and your blessings. I've even cursed them already, because none of you are taking it to heart.

NET Bible
If you do not listen and take seriously the need to honor my name," says the LORD who rules over all, "I will send judgment on you and turn your blessings into curses--indeed, I have already done so because you are not taking it to heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you won't listen and if you won't consider giving honor to my name," says the LORD of Armies, "then I'll send a curse on you, and I'll curse the blessings you give. Yes, I've already cursed them because you don't carefully consider this.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, said the LORD of the hosts, I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already because ye do not lay it to heart.

King James 2000 Bible
If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.

American King James Version
If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, said the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.

American Standard Version
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith Jehovah of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, saith the Lord of hosts: I will send poverty upon you, and will curse your blessings, yea I will curse them, because you have not laid it to heart.

Darby Bible Translation
If ye do not hear, and if ye do not lay [it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith Jehovah of hosts, I will even send the curse among you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have already cursed them, because ye do not lay [it] to heart.

English Revised Version
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yes, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

World English Bible
If you will not listen, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name," says Yahweh of Armies, "then will I send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.

Young's Literal Translation
If ye hearken not, and if ye lay it not to heart, To give honour to My name, said Jehovah of Hosts, I have sent against you the curse, And I have cursed your blessings, Yea, I have also cursed it, Because ye are not laying it to heart.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - I will even send a curse; Revised Version, then will I send the curse. St. Jerome, regarding the temporal effect of the curse, translates, egestatem "scarcity" (comp. Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Deuteronomy 28:15, etc.). I will curse your blessings. The blessings which as priests they had to pronounce upon the people (Leviticus 9:22, 23; Numbers 6:23-27). These God would not ratify, but would turn them into curses, and thus punish the people who connived at and imitated the iniquities of the priests. Or the expression may refer to the material benefits promised by God to the Israelites on their obedience. But as the announcement is made specially to the priests, this explanation seems less probable. I have cursed them already. The curse has already begun to work. Dr. S. Cox ('Bible Educator,' 3:67, etc.) points out here an allusion to Nehemiah 13:1, 2, wherein it is recorded that they reed from the Book of Moses how that the Moabites "hired Balsam against them that he should curse them; howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing." Malachi, who, as he thinks, was present on this occasion, may have been deeply impressed by these words; and it is probable that we hear an echo of them in the threat of ver. 2. "That of old God had turned a curse into a blessing, may have suggested the menace that he would now turn a blessing into a curse."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If ye will not hear,.... The commandment enjoined them; or the Gospel preached to them by Christ, and his apostles:

and if ye will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, saith the Lord of hosts; which they had despised and profaned before; if they did not take care of his worship and service, and honour the Messiah sent unto them, in whom the name of the Lord was:

I will even send a curse upon you; both upon priests and people; those that bring the bad offerings, and those that receive them, as Kimchi; though Abarbinel restrains it to the priests:

and I will curse your blessings, either with which the priests blessed the people; or with which both they and the people were blessed; namely, their temporal blessings, such as their corn, and wine, and oil: and what wicked men have of this world, they have it with a curse, and not a blessing, as the righteous have; and therefore a little which they have, is better than much enjoyed by the wicked, Psalm 37:16,

yea, I have cursed them already; that is, from the time they began to despise his name, and not give him the glory due unto him, as Kimchi and Abarbinel explain it:

because ye do not lay it to heart; to glorify God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. lay … to heart—My commands.

send a curse—rather, as Hebrew, "the curse"; namely, that denounced in De 27:15-26; 28:15-68.

curse your blessings—turn the blessings you enjoy into curses (Ps 106:15).

cursed them—Hebrew, them severally; that is, I have cursed each one of your blessings.

Malachi 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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. 3"Behold, I am going to rebuke your offspring, and I will spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your feasts; and you will be taken away with it.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:14
"'But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,

Leviticus 26:15
and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,

Deuteronomy 28:15
However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:

Deuteronomy 28:16
You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.

Deuteronomy 28:20
The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.

Proverbs 3:33
The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

Jeremiah 13:17
If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD's flock will be taken captive.

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

Malachi 3:9
You are under a curse--your whole nation--because you are robbing me.
Treasury of Scripture

If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, said the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.

ye will not hear.

Leviticus 26:14-46 But if you will not listen to me, and will not do all these commandments…

Deuteronomy 28:15-68 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of …

Deuteronomy 30:17,18 But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall …

Psalm 81:11,12 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me…

Isaiah 30:8-13 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

Jeremiah 6:16-20 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Jeremiah 25:4-9 And the LORD has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising …

Jeremiah 34:17 Therefore thus said the LORD; You have not listened to me, in proclaiming …

Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you; for they will not …

Zechariah 1:3-6 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Zechariah 7:11-14 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

if ye will not lay.

Isaiah 42:25 Therefore he has poured on him the fury of his anger, and the strength …

Isaiah 47:7 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay …

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and …

to give.

Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray you, glory to the …

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before …

Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man …

Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the …

Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of …

and I.

Deuteronomy 28:16-18,53-57 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field…

Psalm 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should …

Psalm 109:7-15 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin…

Hosea 4:7-10 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will …

Hosea 9:11-14 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the …

Haggai 1:6,9 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not …

Haggai 2:16,17 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, …

Luke 23:28-30 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not …

I have cursed. By sending them unfruitful seasons.

Malachi 3:9 You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.

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