Malachi 2:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Malachi 2:12, NIV: As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD remove him from the tents of Jacob --even though he brings an offering to the LORD Almighty.

Malachi 2:12, ESV: May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts!

Malachi 2:12, KJV: The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 2:12, NASB: As for the man who does this, may the LORD eliminate from the tents of Jacob everyone who is awake and answers, or who presents an offering to the LORD of armies.

Malachi 2:12, NLT: May the LORD cut off from the nation of Israel every last man who has done this and yet brings an offering to the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

Malachi 2:12, CSB: May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob the man who does this, whoever he may be, even if he presents an offering to the Lord of Armies.

What does Malachi 2:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Malachi's message is being delivered to a spiritually dead nation. The priests are apathetic and knowingly offer impure sacrifices (Malachi 1:7–8). The people are unfaithful to God (Malachi 2:11), and to each other (Malachi 1:10). One of the most serious sins being committed is marrying pagans (Malachi 2:11). This is a heinous crime in the eyes of God, because marriage is meant, in part, to symbolize the relationship between man and God. God's holiness and love can't mean much to a person willing to join with a person who rejects the truth in favor of idols.

This is a serious offense, and verse 12 invokes a curse on those who commit it. To be "cut off" was a metaphor for death, either spiritual or physical. This might be a separation from the nation of Israel, or an end to that man's family line. Either way, the consequences of pagan intermarriage were severe.

Note, also, that this verse includes a jeer at the attitude of Israel. Pagan intermarriage is a clear-cut sin, and a violation of the Law. And yet, men who commit this crime have the nerve to bring offerings to God, seeking His favor. This is a sign of Israel's spiritual decay.