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28-29 Out of all the tribes of Israel, I chose your family to be my priests. I wanted them to offer sacrifices and burn incense to me and to find out from me what I want my people to do. I commanded everyone to bring their sacrifices here where I live, and I allowed you and your family to keep those that were not offered to me on the altar.

But you honor your sons instead of me! You don’t respect[a] the sacrifices and offerings that are brought to me, and you’ve all gotten fat from eating the best parts.

30 I am the Lord, the God of Israel. I promised to always let your family serve me as priests, but now I tell you that I cannot do this any longer! I honor anyone who honors me, but I put a curse on anyone who hates me.

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Footnotes

  1. 2.28,29 don’t respect: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation “are greedy for.”

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