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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Malachi 2:1-9

What was said in the foregoing chapter was directed to the priests (Mal. 1:6): Thus saith the Lord of hosts to you, O priests! that despise my name. But the crimes there charged upon them they were guilty of as sacrificers, and for those they might think it some excuse that they offered what the people brought, and therefore that, if they were not so good as they should be, it was not their fault, but the people?s; and therefore here the corruptions there complained of are traced to the source... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Malachi 2:5

My covenant was with him of life and peace ,.... Not with Aaron, nor with Phinehas; nor is it to be understood of a covenant, promising temporal life and outward prosperity to either of them; Aaron living a hundred and twenty three years, Numbers 33:39 and Phinehas, according to some Jewish writers, above three hundred years, which they gather from Judges 20:28 but of the covenant made with Christ from everlasting, called "a covenant of life", because it was made with Christ the Word of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Malachi 2:5

My covenant was with him of life and peace - These are the two grand blessings given to men by the New Covenant, which was shadowed by the Old. To man, excluded from the favor of God, and sentenced to death because of sin, God gave ברית berith , a covenant sacrifice, and this secured life - exemption from the death deserved by transgressors; communication of that inward spiritual life given by Christ, and issuing in that eternal life promised to all his faithful disciples. And, as it... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Malachi 2:5

Verse 5 The Prophet now proves more clearly how God violates not his covenant, when he freely rebukes the priests, and exposes also their false attempts in absurdly applying to themselves the covenant of God, like the Papal priests at this day, who say that they are the Church. How? because they have in a regular order succeeded the apostles; but this is a foolish and ridiculous definition; for he who occupies the place of another ought not on that account only to be deemed a successor. Were a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 2:4-9

The minister of Divine truth, "My covenant was with him of life and peace," etc. We have here the minister of Divine truth as he always should be, and as he often is— I. THE MINISTER OF DIVINE TRUTH AS HE ALWAYS SHOULD BE . We learn: 1 . That he should be a man divinely called. "Ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts." What was the Divine commission to the priesthood? Here it is:... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 2:5

My covenant was with him of life and peace; rather, with him was life and peace. This is one side of the covenant, that which God gave—the blessing of life, abundance, prosperity, and secure and undisturbed enjoyment of these, in the everlasting priesthood, in agreement with the promise to Phinehas ( Numbers 25:12 ; comp. Deuteronomy 33:8-11 ). I gave them to him for the fear , etc. I gave him life and peace. The pronominal suffix "them" is not expressed in the Greek and Latin... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 2:5-6

The double future of a Jehovah covenant. The covenant was made with the tribe of Levi; and the precise terms here referred to occur in the renewal of covenant with Phinehas, "Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: and he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood" ( Numbers 25:12 , Numbers 25:13 ). A covenant is a mutual engagement entered into by two parties. Each party takes pledges; and each is exonerated from keeping his pledge if... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Malachi 2:5-9

§ 5. In contrast with these evil ministers, the character of the true priest is sketched, and thus the faults of the former are shown in darker colours. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Malachi 2:5

My covenant was with him life and peace; - literally “the life and the peace;” that, which alone is true “life and peace.” The covenant was not with Levi himself, but with Aaron, his representative, with whom the covenant was made in the desert, as is indeed here expressed; and, in him, with all his race after him, who succeeded him in his office; as, when it is said, that 1 Chronicles 6:49, “Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of burnt-offering,” it must needs be understood, not of Aaron... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Malachi 2:5-6

Malachi 2:5-6. My covenant was with him The prophet here speaks of the succession of the ancient priests, such as Aaron, Eleazar, Phineas, and their successors, as of one single person, under the name of Levi, (see Zechariah 11:16,) and says, I gave him my covenant of life and peace, or of happiness and security; or I promised him a secure enjoyment of his office of the priesthood, on his due administration of his office before me. The words allude to Numbers 25:12-13, where God says... read more

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