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Malachi 2:8-10 New English Translation (NET Bible)

You, however, have turned from the way. You have caused many to violate the law;[a] you have corrupted the covenant with Levi,”[b] says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent that you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your[c] instruction.”

The Rebellion of the People

10 Do we not all have one father?[d] Did not one God create us? Why do we betray one another, thus making light of the covenant of our ancestors?


  1. Malachi 2:8 tn The definite article embedded within בַּתּוֹרָה (battorah) may suggest that the Torah is in mind and not just “ordinary” priestly instruction, though it might refer to the instruction previously mentioned (v. 7).
  2. Malachi 2:8 tn Or “the Levitical covenant.”
  3. Malachi 2:9 tn Heb “in the instruction” (so NASB). The Hebrew article is used here as a possessive pronoun (cf. NRSV, NLT).
  4. Malachi 2:10 sn The rhetorical question Do we not all have one father? by no means teaches the “universal fatherhood of God,” that is, that all people equally are children of God. The reference to the covenant in v. 10 as well as to Israel and Judah (v. 11) makes it clear that the referent of “we” is God’s elect people.
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