Malachi 2:9
New International Version
“So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”

New Living Translation
“So I have made you despised and humiliated in the eyes of all the people. For you have not obeyed me but have shown favoritism in the way you carry out my instructions.”

English Standard Version
and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.”

Berean Study Bible
“So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not kept My ways, but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”

King James Bible
Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

New King James Version
“Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base Before all the people, Because you have not kept My ways But have shown partiality in the law.”

New American Standard Bible
“So I also have made you despised and of low reputation in the view of all the people, since you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the instruction.”

NASB 1995
“So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the instruction.

NASB 1977
“So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways, but are showing partiality in the instruction.

Amplified Bible
“So I have also made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality [to people] in [your administration of] the law.”

Christian Standard Bible
“So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping my ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.”

American Standard Version
Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have had respect of persons in the law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also I have set you despised and humiliated among all people, because you have not kept my ways and you have shown favoritism in the law

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I have made you despised and cast out among all the people, because ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

Contemporary English Version
So I caused everyone to hate and despise you, because you disobeyed me and failed to treat all people alike.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore have I also made you contemptible, and base before all people, as you have not kept my ways, and have accepted persons in the law.

English Revised Version
Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have had respect of persons in the law.

Good News Translation
So I, in turn, will make the people of Israel despise you because you do not obey my will, and when you teach my people, you do not treat everyone alike."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"So I have made you disgusting, and I have humiliated you in front of all the people, because you have not followed my ways. You have been unfair when [applying] my teachings."

International Standard Version
"So I also made you despised, humiliating you before all of the people, because you aren't following my ways and are showing partiality when you teach."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore have I also made you Contemptible and base before all the people, According as ye have not kept My ways, But have had respect of persons in the law.

Literal Standard Version
“And I also, I have made you despised and low before all the people, Because you are not keeping My ways, And are accepting by superficial things in the Law.”

NET Bible
"Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent to which you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your instruction."

New Heart English Bible
"Therefore I have also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according to the way you have not kept my ways, but have had respect for persons in the law.

World English Bible
"Therefore I have also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according to the way you have not kept my ways, but have had respect for persons in the law.

Young's Literal Translation
And I also, I have made you despised and low before all the people, Because ye are not keeping My ways, And are accepting persons in the law.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Warning to Priests
8But you have departed from the way, and your instruction has caused many to stumble. You have violated the covenant of Levi,” says the LORD of Hosts. 9“So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not kept My ways, but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”

Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
Show no partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. And bring to me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it."

1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever. But now the LORD declares: Far be it from Me! For I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disdained.

Ezekiel 7:26
Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests will perish, as will counsel from the elders.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD, saying, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster can come upon us."

Nahum 3:6
I will pelt you with filth and treat you with contempt; I will make a spectacle of you.


Treasury of Scripture

Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

made.

Malachi 2:3
Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

1 Samuel 2:30
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Proverbs 10:7
The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

before.

1 Kings 22:28
And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.

Jeremiah 28:15,16
Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie…

Jeremiah 29:20-22,31,32
Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon: …

but.

Malachi 2:8
But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 5:21,22,27,28,33-37,43,44
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: …

Matthew 19:17,18
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments…

have been partial in.

Deuteronomy 1:17
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Galatians 2:6
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:









(9) Therefore.--I am no longer bound by the covenant I made with the tribe of Levi, and, instead of "life and peace," I give you contempt, &c.

In the law--i.e., in the administration of justice. The authority of the priests, Levites, and of the judges of the day, in all matters ceremonial and civil, is expressly inculcated by Deuteronomy 17:8-13. It was in accordance with this passage that our Lord said (Matthew 23:2): "The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat; all, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do," &c.

Verse 9. - Contemptible. The glory of the priesthood and the honour that belonged to it (Ecclus. 45:7, etc.) were now turned into disgrace and contempt, when men compared the actual with the ideal. "Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Samuel 2:30). Have been partial in the law; Revised Version, have had respect of persons in the law; or, in your teaching, as vers. 6, 8. The prophet names one special sin of the priests, and that the most flagrant - perversion of judgment, partiality in the administration of the Law. The same complaint is found in Micah 3:11 (comp. 2 Chronicles 19:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“So I
אֲנִ֞י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

in turn
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

have made
נָתַ֧תִּי (nā·ṯat·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

you despised
נִבְזִ֥ים (niḇ·zîm)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 959: To disesteem

and humiliated
וּשְׁפָלִ֖ים (ū·šə·p̄ā·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 8217: Depressed

before all
לְכָל־ (lə·ḵāl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the people,
הָעָ֑ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

because
כְּפִ֗י (kə·p̄î)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

you have not
אֵֽינְכֶם֙ (’ê·nə·ḵem)
Adverb | second person masculine plural
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

kept
שֹׁמְרִ֣ים (šō·mə·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

My ways,
דְּרָכַ֔י (də·rā·ḵay)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

but have shown partiality
וְנֹשְׂאִ֥ים (wə·nō·śə·’îm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

in matters of the law.”
בַּתּוֹרָֽה׃ (bat·tō·w·rāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8451: Direction, instruction, law


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