Malachi 2

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1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is against you.

2 If you will not hear, and if you will not set it to heart, to give glory to My name, says Jehovah of Armies, then I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings; and I have even cursed them, for none of you set it to heart.

3 Behold, I will rebuke your seed, and spread* dung on your faces, the dung of your festivals; and one shall carry you away with it.

4 And you shall know that I have sent this commandment against you, that My covenant might be with Levi, says Jehovah of Armies.

5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear with which he feared Me, and he was dismayed before My name.

6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and perversity was· not ·found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and in uprightness, and did turn· many ·back from iniquity.

7 For the lips of the priest should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of Jehovah of Armies.

8 But you have turned·​·aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble in the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says Jehovah of Armies.

9 And I also have put you as despised and low to all the people, according as you have not kept My ways, but have accepted faces in the law*.

10 Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Wherefore do we act·​·treacherously, every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

11 Judah has acted·​·treacherously, and an abomination is done in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the holiness of Jehovah, because he loved and married the daughter of a foreign god.

12 Jehovah will cut·​·off from the tents of Jacob the man who does this, the one stirring· it ·up and the one answering, and presenting a gift·​·offering to Jehovah of Armies.

13 And this you have done a second time, covering the altar of Jehovah with tears, with weeping, and with groaning, until He turns· not his ·face to the gift·​·offering, nor takes it with good·​·pleasure from your hand.

14 And you say, On· what ·account? On·​·account·​·of this, that Jehovah has been·​·a·​·witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast acted·​·treacherously; and she is thy friend, and the wife of thy covenant.

15 And there is not one who does so, and to whom spirit is left. And what is the one seeking the seed of God? But take·​·heed in your spirit, and let none act·​·treacherously against the wife of his youth.

16 For Jehovah, the God of Israel, says He hates sending·​·away*, and him who covers with violence on his clothing, says Jehovah of Armies; but take·​·heed for your spirit, that you act· not ·treacherously.

17 You have tired Jehovah with your words. Yet you say, In what have we tired Him? When you say, Every one who does evil is good in the eyes of Jehovah, and He delights in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

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priests
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

commandment
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...

hear
'To hearken to father and mother,' as mentioned in Genesis 28:7, signifies obedience from affection. 'To hearken,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:22, signifies providence. See...

To
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.

heart
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

give
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

says
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

jehovah
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

armies
Armies of the heavens and the sands of the sea ('Jeremiah 33:15-22') signify the knowledges of truth and good in the spiritual and natural ma{ign21}

send
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

seed
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...

faces
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

know
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

sent
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

might
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

levi
'Levi' signifies truth in practice, which is the good of life. 'Levi,' in the highest sense, signifies love and mercy, in a spiritual sense, he...

life
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

peace
In ordinary life, we tend to think of "peace" as essentially "a lack of conflict." As a nation, if we're not at war, it's a...

fear
The fearful signify people who have no faith.

feared
The fearful signify people who have no faith.

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

truth
There's a great deal of talk in Swedenborg about "truth" as a concept – it's how we learn the Lord's will, what we must seek...

mouth
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

found
Finding, or being found, can have different meanings in the Word, depending on the context. Here are two examples, From Arcana Coelestia 5756, 'Behold, the...

lips
'A lip' signifies doctrine. A lip,' as in Isaiah 6:3, 7, signifies the interior parts of a person, consequently, internal worship, where adoration is grounded....

walked
To walk in the Bible represents living, and usually means living according to the true things taught to us by the Lord -- to "walk...

turn
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

many
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

back
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

iniquity
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

keep
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...

knowledge
Throughout the Word, a distinction is made between wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. 'Wisdom' means from good, 'intelligence' is from truth, and 'knowledge' is in a...

seek
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...

messenger
'A messenger' signifies communication.

turned
Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

way
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

stumble
To 'stumble' denotes being scandalized or offended, and falling, as a result, from truths into falsities.

despised
We tend to think of "despising" something or someone as just a strong way of expressing dislike, but there is a further shade of meaning...

kept
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...

ways
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

father
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

created
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

man
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...

brother
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...

fathers
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

judah
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

jerusalem
Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, signifies the doctrine of love to the Lord, and how it governs your life. Jerusalem first comes to our attention in...

holiness
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...

loved
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...

Tents
'Tent' is used in the Word to signify the celestial and holy aspects of love, because in ancient time they performed holy worship in their...

Jacob
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

answering
To "answer" generally indicates a state of spiritual receptivity. Ultimately this means being receptive to the Lord, who is constantly trying to pour true ideas...

offering
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...

covering
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extin­guished.

altar
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...

tears
'A tear' signifies grief because of a lack of understanding of truth.

weeping
'Weeping' represents both sorrow and love.

pleasure
'To be satisfied with favor' signifies being filled with the good of love, and 'to be full with the blessings of the Lord' signifies being...

hand
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

wife
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...

youth
'Tender of age' denotes the state of truths newly received not yet genuine.

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

none
'No one,' or 'none' denotes the negative side of something.

Wife of his youth
'A wife of his youth,' as in Malachi 2:15, signifies the ancient and most ancient church, whose seed or faith the prophet is discussing.

hates
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

sending away
To "send away" means creating a separation of spiritual states. This phrase is used a great deal in Exodus, when Moses repeatedly calls on Pharaoh...

violence
In Isaiah 59:6, 'webs' and 'garments' signify aspects of the understanding, or thought, 'Iniquity' and 'violence,' aspects of the will, or works.

clothing
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.

words
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

Every one
The phrase “Every one,” where it occurs in Genesis 20:7, signifies every thing or all things.

evil
'To hurt,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:6, signifies violation and profanation. 'To hurt' as mentioned in Revelation 9:4, signifies perverting the truths and goods of...

good
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

eyes
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

judgment
Judgement' pertains to the Lord's divine human and holy proceeding. Judgment' has two sides, a principle of good, and a principle of truth. The faithful...


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