Bible: Mal 2:10-16

The Rebellion of the People

2:10 Do we not all have one father? 1  Did not one God create us? Why do we betray one another, in this way making light of the covenant of our ancestors? 2:11 Judah has become disloyal, and unspeakable sins have been committed in Israel and Jerusalem. 2  For Judah has profaned 3  the holy things that the Lord loves and has turned to a foreign god! 4  2:12 May the Lord cut off from the community 5  of Jacob every last person who does this, 6  as well as the person who presents improper offerings to the Lord who rules over all!

2:13 You also do this: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears 7  as you weep and groan, because he no longer pays any attention to the offering nor accepts it favorably from you. 2:14 Yet you ask, “Why?” The Lord is testifying against you on behalf of the wife you married when you were young, 8  to whom you have become unfaithful even though she is your companion and wife by law. 9  2:15 No one who has even a small portion of the Spirit in him does this. 10  What did our ancestor 11  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. 12  2:16 I hate divorce,” 13  says the Lord God of Israel, “and the one who is guilty of violence,” 14  says the Lord who rules over all. “Pay attention to your conscience, and do not be unfaithful.”

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