“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, then where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? says Yahweh of Armies to you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.

But you say, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ Bible see other translations

“O priests.” The very existence of priests shows the failure of humans to continue in a sinless relationship with God and demonstrates a need for there to be some specially appointed people who would teach the people about God and godliness and thus keep the way to God open to people. But when the priests who are entrusted with that sacred task act as bad or worse than the people they are supposed to be helping, the way of God becomes clouded and God holds them especially accountable.

Commentary for: Malachi 1:6