begin at my sanctuary
9:6 begin at my sanctuary. A comprehensive principle of divine judgment is that “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). “Judgment must begin at the house of God” (I Peter 4:17). “Be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation” (James 3:1). The people of Israel and Judah had been led into apostasy by their leaders, including especially false prophets and worldly priests.