Malachi 2:4
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New International Version
And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD Almighty.

New Living Translation
Then at last you will know it was I who sent you this warning so that my covenant with the Levites can continue," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

English Standard Version
So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts.

New American Standard Bible
"Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.

King James Bible
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then you will know that I sent you this decree so My covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD of Hosts. "

International Standard Version
"You will know that I sent this commandment to you in order to continue my covenant with Levi," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.

NET Bible
Then you will know that I sent this commandment to you so that my covenant may continue to be with Levi," says the LORD who rules over all.

New Heart English Bible
You will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant may be with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will know that I sent you this warning so that my promise to Levi will continue," says the LORD of Armies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Know then that I have sent This commandment unto you, That My covenant might be with Levi, Saith the LORD of hosts.

New American Standard 1977
“Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi,” says the LORD of hosts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, said the LORD of the hosts.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.

American King James Version
And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant might be with Levi, said the LORD of hosts.

American Standard Version
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant may be with Levi, saith Jehovah of hosts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you shall know that I sent you this commandment, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith Jehovah of hosts.

English Revised Version
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

World English Bible
You will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant may be with Levi," says Yahweh of Armies.

Young's Literal Translation
And ye have known that I have sent unto you this charge, For My covenant being with Levi, Said Jehovah of Hosts.
Study Bible
A Warning to Priests
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. 4"Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts. 5"My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.…
Cross References
Numbers 3:11
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 3:45
"Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel and the cattle of the Levites. And the Levites shall be Mine; I am the LORD.

Numbers 18:21
"To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.

Nehemiah 13:29
Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.

Malachi 3:1
"Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant might be with Levi, said the LORD of hosts.

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(4) Commandment.--Or rather, decree, as in Malachi 2:1.

That my covenant might be.--Better, to be my covenant--i.e., so that this new decree, which I have been compelled to make against the house of Levi, may be my covenant with him instead of the old one, of which the prophet goes on to speak.

Levi denotes throughout the tribe of Levi, and especially the priests, the sons of Aaron. (See Note on Malachi 3:3.)

Verse 4. - Ye shall know. My threats are not vain; this ye shall experience and be forced to acknowledge. This commandment is the purpose and threat, as in ver. 1 (where see note). That my covenant might be with Levi; i.e. that my covenant with Levi might remain firm. The covenant with Levi was the election of that tribe to be the ministers of the sanctuary. There is here a special allusion to the blessing pronounced on Phinehas for his conduct in the matter of Zimri (Numbers 25:12, 13). This election is called "a covenant," because, while conferring certain privileges, it involved certain duties. The difficulty in this interpretation is that the verb used here (hayah) does not mean "to remain," "to continue," but only "to be, to exist." Hence many critics take "the commandment" as the subject, translating. "That it (my purpose) may be my covenant with Levi, i.e. that as God observed the covenant made with the tribe of Levi in old time, so for the future this commandment and threat will be as vigorously observed and take the place of the old covenant. This explanation is too involved and refined to be acceptable. It is easiest to translate, with Henderson and Reinke, "Because my covenant was with Levi," and to understand God as implying that he warned and punished the priests, because he willed that the covenant with Levi should hold good, and he thus desired to have a body of priests who would keep their vows and maintain the true priestly character. What that character is he procoeds to unfold. And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you,.... See Gill on Malachi 2:1,

that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts; not that the ceremonial law might be confirmed and established, on which the Levitical priesthood was founded; for it was the will of God that that should be abolished, because of the weakness and unprofitableness of it; but that the covenant of grace made with Christ, the antitype of Levi, with whom the true Urim and Thummim are, Deuteronomy 33:8, who has a more excellent ministry and priesthood than his, might take place, be made manifest, and be exhibited under the Gospel dispensation; of which, and of the person with whom it is, an account is given in the following verses. 4. ye shall know—by bitter experience of consequences, that it was with this design I admonished you, in order "that My covenant with Levi might be" maintained; that is, that it was for your own good (which would be ensured by your maintaining the Levitical command) I admonished you, that ye should return to your duty [Maurer] (compare Mal 2:5, 6). Malachi's function was that of a reformer, leading back the priests and people to the law (Mal 4:4).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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