- And now, O priests, this commandment is to you.
- If ye will not hearken, and if ye will not lay it to
heart, to give glory to my name, saith the Lord Almighty, then I will
send forth the curse upon you, and I will bring a curse upon your
blessing: yea, I will curse it, and I will scatter your blessing, and
it shall not exist among you, because ye lay not this to heart.
- Behold, [a] I turn my back upon you,
and I will scatter dung upon your faces, the dung of your feasts, and
I will carry you away at the same time.
- And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, that
my covenant might be with the sons of Levi, saith the Lord Almighty.
- My convenant of life and peace was with him, and I gave [b] it him that he might reverently
fear me, and that he might [c] awe-struck
at my name.
- The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in
his lips: he walked before me directing his way in peace, and
he turned many from unrighteousness.
- For the priest's lips [d] should keep
knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the
messenger of the Lord Almighty.
- But ye have turned aside from the way, and caused many to fail in
following the law: ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi,
saith the Lord Almighty.
- And I have made you despised and cast out among all the people,
because ye have not kept my ways, but have [e] been partial in the law.
- Have ye not all one father? Did not one God create you? why have
ye forsaken every man his brother, to profane the covenant of your
- Juda has been forsaken, and an abomination has been committed in
Israel and in Jerusalem; for Juda has profaned the holy things of the
Lord, which he delighted in, and has gone after other gods.
- The Lord will utterly destroy the man that does these things,
until he be even cast down from out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and
from among them that offer sacrifice to the Lord Almighty.
- And these things which I hated, ye did: ye covered with tears the
altar of the Lord, and with weeping and groaning because of troubles:
is it meet for me to have respect to your sacrifice,
or to receive anything from your hands as welcome?
- Yet ye said, Wherefore? Because the Lord has borne witness between
thee and the wife of thy youth, whom thou hast forsaken, and
yet she was thy partner, and the wife of thy covenant.
- And did he not do well? and there was the residue of his
spirit. But ye said, What does God seek but a seed? But take ye heed
to your youth.
- But if thou shouldest hate thy wife and put her away,
saith the Lord God of Israel, then ungodliness shall cover thy
thoughts, saith the Lord Almighty: therefore take ye heed to your
spirit, and forsake them not,
- ye that have provoked God with your words. But ye said, Wherein
have we provoked him? In that ye say, Every one that does evil is a
pleasing object in the sight of the Lord, and he takes
pleasure in such; [f] and where is the God
[a] Gr. separate the shoulder from
[b] Or, power, or, charge
to fear me, etc.
[c] See 2 Cor. 8. 20.
[d] Gr. shall.
[e] Gr. accepted persons.
[f] Or, and, Where, etc.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]