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(a) He speaks mainly to them, but under them he includes the people also.
(b) To serve me according to my word.
(c) That is, the abundance of God's benefits.
(d) The seed you sow will come to no profit.
(e) You boast of your holiness, sacrifices, and feasts, but they will turn to your shame and be as vile as dung.
(f) The Priests objected against the Prophet that he could not remove them without speaking against the priesthood, and the office established by God by promise. But he shows that the office is nothing slandered, when these villains and dung are called by their own names.
(g) He shows what were the two conditions of the covenant made with the tribe of Levi on God's part, that he would give them long life and felicity, and on their part, that they should faithfully serve him according to his word.
(h) I commanded Levi a certain law to serve me.
(i) He served me and set forth my glory with all humility and submission.
(k) He shows that the priests ought to have knowledge to instruct others in the word of the Lord.
(l) He is as the treasure house of God's word, and ought to give to everyone according to their need, and not to reserve it for himself.
(m) Showing that whoever does not declare God's will, is not his messenger, and priest.
(n) The Prophet accuses the ingratitude of the Jews toward God and man: for seeing they were all born of one father Abraham, as God had elected them to be his holy people, they ought neither to offend God nor their brethren.
(o) By which they had bound themselves to God to be a holy people.
(p) They have united themselves in marriage with those that are of another religion.
(q) That is, the priest.
(r) Yet cause the people to lament, because God does not regard their sacrifices, so that they seem to sacrifice in vain.
(s) This is another fault, of which he accuses them, that is, that they broke the laws of marriage.
(t) As the one half of yourself.
(u) She that was united to you by a solemn covenant, and by the invocation of God's name.
(x) Did not God make man and woman as one flesh and not many?
(y) By his power and strength he could have made many women for one man.
(z) Those who should be born in lawful and moderate marriage, in which is no excess of lusts.
(a) Contain yourselves within your bounds, and be sober in mind, and bridle your affections.
(b) Not that he allows divorce, but of two faults he shows which is the less.
(c) He thinks it sufficient to keep his wife still, even though he takes others, and so as it were covers his fault.
(d) You murmur against God, because he did not hear you as soon as you called.
(e) In thinking that God favoured the wicked, and had no respect for those that serve him.
(f) Thus they blasphemed God in condemning his power and justice, because he did not judge according to their imaginings.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Malachi 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24