Ezekiel 39-41 New International Version

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39 "Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[1] Meshek and Tubal. 2  I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. 3  Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. 4  On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. 5  You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. 6  I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord. 7  " 'I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel.

8  It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. 9  " 'Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up-the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10  They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord. 11  " 'On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.[2] 12  " 'For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. 13  All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. 14  People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground. " 'After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. 15  As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, 16  near a town called Hamonah.[3] And so they will cleanse the land.' 17  "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: 'Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood. 18  You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls-all of them fattened animals from Bashan. 19  At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 20  At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,' declares the Sovereign Lord. 21  "I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. 22  From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.

23  And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24  I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them. 25  "Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob[4] and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26  They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27  When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28  Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29  I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord."

The Prophet's Vision of the Temple

40 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city-on that very day the hand of the Lord was on me and he took me there. 2  In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. 3  He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. 4  The man said to me, "Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see."

5  I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man's hand was six long cubits,[5] each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. He measured the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high. 6  Then he went to the east gate. He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep. 7  The alcoves for the guards were one rod long and one rod wide, and the projecting walls between the alcoves were five cubits[6] thick. And the threshold of the gate next to the portico facing the temple was one rod deep. 8  Then he measured the portico of the gateway; 9  it[7] was eight cubits[8] deep and its jambs were two cubits[9] thick. The portico of the gateway faced the temple. 10  Inside the east gate were three alcoves on each side; the three had the same measurements, and the faces of the projecting walls on each side had the same measurements. 11  Then he measured the width of the entrance of the gateway; it was ten cubits and its length was thirteen cubits.[10] 12  In front of each alcove was a wall one cubit high, and the alcoves were six cubits square. 13  Then he measured the gateway from the top of the rear wall of one alcove to the top of the opposite one; the distance was twenty-five cubits[11] from one parapet opening to the opposite one. 14  He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway-sixty cubits.[12] The measurement was up to the portico[13] facing the courtyard.[14] 15  The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits.[15] 16  The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees. 17  Then he brought me into the outer court. There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all around the court; there were thirty rooms along the pavement. 18  It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement. 19  Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court; it was a hundred cubits[16] on the east side as well as on the north. 20  Then he measured the length and width of the north gate, leading into the outer court. 21  Its alcoves-three on each side-its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22  Its openings, its portico and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them. 23  There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits. 24  Then he led me to the south side and I saw the south gate. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements as the others. 25  The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all around, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 26  Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side.

27  The inner court also had a gate facing south, and he measured from this gate to the outer gate on the south side; it was a hundred cubits. 28  Then he brought me into the inner court through the south gate, and he measured the south gate; it had the same measurements as the others. 29  Its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 30  (The porticoes of the gateways around the inner court were twenty-five cubits wide and five cubits deep.) 31  Its portico faced the outer court; palm trees decorated its jambs, and eight steps led up to it. 32  Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gateway; it had the same measurements as the others. 33  Its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 34  Its portico faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it. 35  Then he brought me to the north gate and measured it. It had the same measurements as the others, 36  as did its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico, and it had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 37  Its portico[17] faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it. 38  A room with a doorway was by the portico in each of the inner gateways, where the burnt offerings were washed.

39  In the portico of the gateway were two tables on each side, on which the burnt offerings, sin offerings[18] and guilt offerings were slaughtered. 40  By the outside wall of the portico of the gateway, near the steps at the entrance of the north gateway were two tables, and on the other side of the steps were two tables. 41  So there were four tables on one side of the gateway and four on the other-eight tables in all-on which the sacrifices were slaughtered. 42  There were also four tables of dressed stone for the burnt offerings, each a cubit and a half long, a cubit and a half wide and a cubit high.[19] On them were placed the utensils for slaughtering the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices. 43  And double-pronged hooks, each a handbreadth[20] long, were attached to the wall all around. The tables were for the flesh of the offerings. 44  Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, were two rooms, one[21] at the side of the north gate and facing south, and another at the side of the south[22] gate and facing north. 45  He said to me, "The room facing south is for the priests who guard the temple, 46  and the room facing north is for the priests who guard the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who are the only Levites who may draw near to the Lord to minister before him." 47  Then he measured the court: It was square-a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide. And the altar was in front of the temple. 48  He brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were five cubits wide on either side. The width of the entrance was fourteen cubits[23] and its projecting walls were[24] three cubits[25] wide on either side. 49  The portico was twenty cubits[26] wide, and twelve[27] cubits[28] from front to back. It was reached by a flight of stairs,[29] and there were pillars on each side of the jambs.

41 Then the man brought me to the main hall and measured the jambs; the width of the jambs was six cubits[30] on each side.[31] 2  The entrance was ten cubits[32] wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were five cubits[33] wide. He also measured the main hall; it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.[34] 3  Then he went into the inner sanctuary and measured the jambs of the entrance; each was two cubits[35] wide. The entrance was six cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were seven cubits[36] wide. 4  And he measured the length of the inner sanctuary; it was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits across the end of the main hall. He said to me, "This is the Most Holy Place." 5  Then he measured the wall of the temple; it was six cubits thick, and each side room around the temple was four cubits[37] wide. 6  The side rooms were on three levels, one above another, thirty on each level. There were ledges all around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side rooms, so that the supports were not inserted into the wall of the temple. 7  The side rooms all around the temple were wider at each successive level. The structure surrounding the temple was built in ascending stages, so that the rooms widened as one went upward. A stairway went up from the lowest floor to the top floor through the middle floor. 8  I saw that the temple had a raised base all around it, forming the foundation of the side rooms. It was the length of the rod, six long cubits. 9  The outer wall of the side rooms was five cubits thick. The open area between the side rooms of the temple 10  and the priests' rooms was twenty cubits wide all around the temple. 11  There were entrances to the side rooms from the open area, one on the north and another on the south; and the base adjoining the open area was five cubits wide all around.

12  The building facing the temple courtyard on the west side was seventy cubits[38] wide. The wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length was ninety cubits.[39] 13  Then he measured the temple; it was a hundred cubits[40] long, and the temple courtyard and the building with its walls were also a hundred cubits long. 14  The width of the temple courtyard on the east, including the front of the temple, was a hundred cubits. 15  Then he measured the length of the building facing the courtyard at the rear of the temple, including its galleries on each side; it was a hundred cubits. The main hall, the inner sanctuary and the portico facing the court, 16  as well as the thresholds and the narrow windows and galleries around the three of them-everything beyond and including the threshold was covered with wood. The floor, the wall up to the windows, and the windows were covered. 17  In the space above the outside of the entrance to the inner sanctuary and on the walls at regular intervals all around the inner and outer sanctuary 18  were carved cherubim and palm trees. Palm trees alternated with cherubim. Each cherub had two faces: 19  the face of a human being toward the palm tree on one side and the face of a lion toward the palm tree on the other. They were carved all around the whole temple. 20  From the floor to the area above the entrance, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall of the main hall. 21  The main hall had a rectangular doorframe, and the one at the front of the Most Holy Place was similar. 22  There was a wooden altar three cubits[41] high and two cubits square[42] ; its corners, its base[43] and its sides were of wood. The man said to me, "This is the table that is before the Lord." 23  Both the main hall and the Most Holy Place had double doors. 24  Each door had two leaves-two hinged leaves for each door. 25  And on the doors of the main hall were carved cherubim and palm trees like those carved on the walls, and there was a wooden overhang on the front of the portico. 26  On the sidewalls of the portico were narrow windows with palm trees carved on each side. The side rooms of the temple also had overhangs.

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Footnotes

[1] 39:1 Or "Gog, prince of Rosh,"

[2] 39:11 "Hamon Gog" means "hordes of Gog."

[3] 39:16 "Hamonah" means "horde."

[4] 39:25 Or "now bring Jacob back from captivity"

[5] 40:5 That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters; also in verse 12. The long cubit of about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters is the basic unit of measurement of length throughout chapters 40-48.

[6] 40:7 That is, about 8 3/4 feet or about 2.7 meters; also in verse 48

[7] 40:9 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts "gateway facing the temple; it was one rod deep. " 9"Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it"

[8] 40:9 That is, about 14 feet or about 4.2 meters

[9] 40:9 That is, about 3 1/2 feet or about 1 meter

[10] 40:11 That is, about 18 feet wide and 23 feet long or about 5.3 meters wide and 6.9 meters long

[11] 40:13 That is, about 44 feet or about 13 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 30, 33 and 36

[12] 40:14 That is, about 105 feet or about 32 meters

[13] 40:14 Septuagint; Hebrew "projecting wall"

[14] 40:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

[15] 40:15 That is, about 88 feet or about 27 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 33 and 36

[16] 40:19 That is, about 175 feet or about 53 meters; also in verses 23, 27 and 47

[17] 40:37 Septuagint (see also verses 31 and 34); Hebrew "jambs"

[18] 40:39 Or "purification offerings"

[19] 40:42 That is, about 2 2/3 feet long and wide and 21 inches high or about 80 centimeters long and wide and 53 centimeters high

[20] 40:43 That is, about 3 1/2 inches or about 9 centimeters

[21] 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew "were rooms for singers, which were"

[22] 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew "east"

[23] 40:48 That is, about 25 feet or about 7.4 meters

[24] 40:48 Septuagint; Hebrew "entrance was"

[25] 40:48 That is, about 5 1/4 feet or about 1.6 meters

[26] 40:49 That is, about 35 feet or about 11 meters

[27] 40:49 Septuagint; Hebrew "eleven"

[28] 40:49 That is, about 21 feet or about 6.4 meters

[29] 40:49 Hebrew; Septuagint "Ten steps led up to it"

[30] 41:1 That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters; also in verses 3, 5 and 8

[31] 41:1 One Hebrew manuscript and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts "side, the width of the tent"

[32] 41:2 That is, about 18 feet or about 5.3 meters

[33] 41:2 That is, about 8 3/4 feet or about 2.7 meters; also in verses 9, 11 and 12

[34] 41:2 That is, about 70 feet long and 35 feet wide or about 21 meters long and 11 meters wide

[35] 41:3 That is, about 3 1/2 feet or about 1.1 meters; also in verse 22

[36] 41:3 That is, about 12 feet or about 3.7 meters

[37] 41:5 That is, about 7 feet or about 2.1 meters

[38] 41:12 That is, about 123 feet or about 37 meters

[39] 41:12 That is, about 158 feet or about 48 meters

[40] 41:13 That is, about 175 feet or about 53 meters; also in verses 14 and 15

[41] 41:22 That is, about 5 1/4 feet or about 1.5 meters

[42] 41:22 Septuagint; Hebrew "long"

[43] 41:22 Septuagint; Hebrew "length"

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