Ezekiel 42-43 New American Standard Bible

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42 Then he brought me out into the outer court , the way toward the north ; and he brought me to the chamber which was opposite the separate area and opposite the building toward the north . 2  Along e the length , which was a hundred cubits , was the north door ; the width was fifty cubits . 3  Opposite the twenty cubits which belonged to the inner court , and opposite the pavement which belonged to the outer court , was gallery corresponding e to gallery in three stories. 4  Before the chambers was an inner walk ten cubits wide , a way of one hundred cubits ; and their openings were on the north . 5  Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building . 6  For they were in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts ; therefore e the upper chambers were set back from the ground upward, more than the lower and middle ones . 7  As for the outer wall by the side of the chambers , toward the outer court facing the chambers , its length was fifty cubits . 8  For the length of the chambers which were in the outer court was fifty cubits ; and behold , the length of those facing the temple was a hundred cubits . 9  Below these chambers was the entrance on the east side , as one enters them from the outer court . 10  In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east , facing e the separate area and facing e the building , there were chambers . 11  The way in front of them was like the appearance of the chambers which were on the north , according to their length so was their width , and all their exits were both according to their arrangements and openings . 12  Corresponding to the openings of the chambers which were toward the south was an opening at the head of the way , the way in front of the wall toward the east , as one enters them. 13  Then he said to me, "The north chambers and the south chambers , which are opposite e the separate area , they are the holy chambers where e the priests who are near to the Lord shall eat the most holy things . There they shall lay the most holy things , the grain offering , the sin offering and the guilt offering ; for the place is holy . 14  "When the priests enter , then they shall not go out into the outer court from the sanctuary without laying there their garments in which they minister , for they are holy . They shall put on other garments ; then they shall approach that which is for the people ."

15  Now when he had finished measuring the inner house , he brought me out by the way of the gate which faced toward the east and measured it all around . 16  He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds by the measuring reed . 17  He measured on the north side five hundred reeds by the measuring reed . 18  On the south side he measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed . 19  He turned to the west side and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed . 20  He measured it on the four sides ; it had a wall all around , the length five hundred and the width five hundred , to divide between the holy and the profane .

The Glory of the LORD Fills the Temple

43 Then he led me to the gate , the gate facing toward the east ; 2  and behold , the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east . And His voice was like the sound of many waters ; and the earth shone with His glory . 3  And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw , like the vision which I saw when He came to destroy the city . And the visions were like the vision which I saw by the river Chebar ; and I fell on my face . 4  And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate facing toward the east . 5  And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court ; and behold , the glory of the Lord filled the house .

The Ordinances of the Temple

6  Then I heard one speaking to me from the house , while a man was standing beside me.

7  He said to me, "Son of man , this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet , where e I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever . And the house of Israel will not again defile My holy name , neither they nor their kings , by their harlotry and by the corpses of their kings when they die , 8  by setting their threshold by My threshold and their door post beside My door post , with only the wall between Me and them. And they have defiled My holy name by their abominations which they have committed . So I have consumed them in My anger . 9  "Now let them put away their harlotry and the corpses of their kings far from Me; and I will dwell among them forever . 10  "As for you, son of man , describe the temple to the house of Israel , that they may be ashamed of their iniquities ; and let them measure the plan . 11  "If they are ashamed of all that they have done , make known to them the design of the house , its structure , its exits , its entrances , all its designs , all its statutes , and all its laws . And write it in their sight , so that they may observe its whole design and all its statutes and do them. 12  "This is the law of the house : its entire area on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy . Behold , this is the law of the house .

13  "And these are the measurements of the altar by cubits (the cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth ): the base shall be a cubit and the width a cubit , and its border on its edge round about one span ; and this shall be the height of the base of the altar . 14  "From the base on the ground to the lower ledge shall be two cubits and the width one cubit ; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge shall be four cubits and the width one cubit . 15  "The altar hearth shall be four cubits ; and from the altar hearth shall extend upwards four horns . 16  "Now the altar hearth shall be twelve e cubits long by twelve e wide , square in its four sides . 17  "The ledge shall be fourteen e cubits long by fourteen e wide in its four sides , the border around it shall be half a cubit and its base shall be a cubit round about ; and its steps shall face the east ." 18  And He said to me, " Son of man , thus says the Lord GOD , 'These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is built , to offer burnt offerings on it and to sprinkle blood on it. 19  'You shall give to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok , who draw near to Me to minister to Me,' declares the Lord GOD , 'a young bull for a sin offering . 20  'You shall take some of its blood and put it on its four horns and on the four corners of the ledge and on the border round about ; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21  'You shall also take the bull for the sin offering , and it shall be burned in the appointed place of the house , outside e the sanctuary . 22  'On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering , and they shall cleanse the altar as they cleansed it with the bull . 23  'When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock . 24  'You shall present them before the Lord , and the priests shall throw salt on them, and they shall offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord . 25  ' For seven days you shall prepare daily a goat for a sin offering ; also a young bull and a ram from the flock , without blemish , shall be prepared . 26  'For seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate e it. 27  'When they have completed the days , it shall be that on the eighth day and onward , the priests shall offer your burnt offerings on the altar , and your peace offerings ; and I will accept you,' declares the Lord GOD ."

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