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Malachi 2:9

    Malachi 2:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And so I have taken away your honour and made you low before all the people, even as you have not kept my ways, and have given no thought to me in using the law.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Definitions for Malachi 2:9

    Base - Lowly; meek.
    Contemptible - Despisable; worthy of nothing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Malachi 2:9

    Therefore have I also made you contemptible - The people despised you because they saw that you acted contrary to your functions. This has happened repeatedly since, to several classes of priests. Not maintaining, by purity of life and soundness of doctrine, the dignity of the ministerial function, they became contemptible before the people; their meager preaching was disregarded, and their persons at last cast out as a general loathing to the universe! See what happened to the truly abominable priesthood of France and Rome 1796-8. They were the sole cause of that infidelity that brought about the revolution. They are now partially restored; and are endeavouring to supply by grimace, paltry superstition, and jesuitical cunning, what they want in purity of morals, soundness of doctrine, and unction from God. They must mend, or look for another revolution. Mankind will no longer put up with the chaff of puerile and fanatical ceremonies in place of the wheat of God's word and worship.

    Barnes' Notes on Malachi 2:9

    Therefore have I made you contemptible - They had said in their hearts Malachi 1:7, "The table of the Lord is contemptible." So God would requite them "measure for measure." Yet not only so, but in their office as judges, against the repeated protestations in the law Leviticus 19:15, "Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty, in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor Deuteronomy 1:17, ye shall not respect persons in judgment Deuteronomy 16:19, thou shall not wrest judgment," he says,

    Ye have accepted persons in the law - You have interpreted the law differently for rich and poor, or have put it in force against the poor, not against the rich. It would include actual bribery; but there are many more direct offences against equal justice. How differently is the like offence against the eighth commandment visited upon the poor who have real temptation to it, and the rich who have none, but the lust of the eyes!

    Crows he condones, vexes the simple dove - That contempt which they cast upon God and His law, by wresting it out of respect to persons, that so they might gain favor and respect from them, so honoring them more than Him, and seeking to please them more than Him, will He cast back on them making them contemptible even in the eyes of those, from whom they thought by that means to find respect.

    Wesley's Notes on Malachi 2:9

    2:9 Have been partial - You have perverted the law to please great men, or to serve some unworthy design. When we inquire into the reasons of the contempt of the clergy, ought we to forget this?