Instead of the lofty goals as just mentioned, the current Levite priests had turned away from the correct way. They were causing many people to stumble. They were corrupting people with their instructions. They had ruined the covenant of Yahweh of hosts. Thus, these priests would be despised and abased before all the people. They had not kept the ways of Yahweh. They had shown partiality or incompleteness in their instructions.
Any child who does violence to his father or chases away his mother causes shame to the family. These children bring on a reproach. These children should not stray from the words of knowledge. They should listen to their instructions.