2:7 For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge of sacred things, and people should seek instruction from him 1 because he is the messenger of the Lord who rules over all.
2:8 You, however, have turned from the way. You have caused many to violate the law; 2 you have corrupted the covenant with Levi,” 3 says the Lord who rules over all.
1 tn Heb “from his mouth” (so NAB, NASB, NRSV).
2 tn The definite article embedded within בַּתּוֹרָה (battorah) may suggest that the Torah is in mind and not just “ordinary” priestly instruction, though it might refer to the instruction previously mentioned (v. 7).
3 tn Or “the Levitical covenant.”