Malachi 2:7
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7  For the lips of a Kohen guard knowledge, And men seek rulings from his mouth; For he is a messenger of the lord of Hosts.

kee sif-TAY kho-HAYN yish-m’-ru DA-at v’-to-RAH y’-vak-SHU mi-PEE-hu KEE mal-AKH a-do-nai tz’-va-OT HU

ז  כִּי־שִׂפְתֵי כֹהֵן יִשְׁמְרוּ־דַעַת וְתוֹרָה יְבַקְשׁוּ מִפִּיהוּ כִּי מַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה־צְבָאוֹת הוּא׃

2:7  For the lips of a Kohen guard knowledge

Malachi explains that the priests’ responsibilities extend beyond service in the Beit Hamikdash to include teaching Hashem’s law to the people. Knowledge is not just conveyed; it is guarded and preserved so that the message is transmitted faithfully. That can be done only if the Kohanim themselves are men of integrity and truth. Just as water can be contaminated if kept in a rusty container, God’s teaching must be protected and spread by men about whom it can be said “nothing perverse was on his lips; he served Me with complete loyalty” (verse 6).

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  • The sad truth is that more effort has been put towards guarding and preserving the “message’ than has been put into sharing it to all the world. The false teaching that says “knowledge is power” has taken hold over the messengers.
    As we struggle to learn the Truths embodied in the Torah, we are forced to scratch and dig through all kinds of barriers and misinformation. To understand this better, just look into the history of the translations of the Scriptures.
    Baruch Hashem.

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Malachi 2:7

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