Ezekiel 43-45 New American Standard Bible

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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 ."

44 Then He brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary , which faces the east ; and it was shut . 2  The Lord said to me, "This gate shall be shut ; it shall not be opened , and no one shall enter by it, for the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut . 3  "As for the prince , he shall sit in it as prince to eat bread before the Lord ; he shall enter by way of the porch of the gate and shall go out by the same way ."

4  Then He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the house ; and I looked , and behold , the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord , and I fell on my face . 5  The Lord said to me, "Son of man , mark well , see with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the statutes of the house of the Lord and concerning all its laws ; and mark well the entrance of the house , with all exits of the sanctuary . 6  "You shall say to the rebellious ones , to the house of Israel , 'Thus says the Lord GOD , " Enough of all your abominations , O house of Israel , 7  when you brought in foreigners e , uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh , to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house , when you offered My food , the fat and the blood ; for they made My covenant void -this in addition to all your abominations . 8  "And you have not kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary ." 9  'Thus says the Lord GOD , " No e foreigner e uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh , of all the foreigners e who are among the sons of Israel , shall enter My sanctuary .

10  "But the Levites who went far from Me when Israel went astray , who went astray from Me after their idols , shall bear the punishment for their iniquity . 11  "Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary , having oversight at the gates of the house and ministering in the house ; they shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people , and they shall stand before them to minister to them. 12  "Because e they ministered to them before their idols and became a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel , therefore e I have sworn e against them," declares the Lord GOD , "that they shall bear the punishment for their iniquity . 13  "And they shall not come near to Me to serve as a priest to Me, nor come near to any of My holy things , to the things that are most holy ; but they will bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed . 14  "Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the house , of all its service and of all that shall be done in it. 15  "But the Levitical priests , the sons of Zadok , who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood ," declares the Lord GOD . 16  "They shall enter My sanctuary ; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge .

17  "It shall be that when they enter at the gates of the inner court , they shall be clothed with linen garments ; and wool shall not be on them while they are ministering in the gates of the inner court and in the house . 18  "Linen turbans shall be on their heads and linen undergarments shall be on their loins ; they shall not gird themselves with anything which makes them sweat . 19  "When they go out into the outer court , into the outer court to the people , they shall put off their garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers ; then they shall put on other garments so that they will not transmit holiness to the people with their garments . 20  "Also they shall not shave their heads , yet they shall not let their locks grow long ; they shall only trim the hair of their heads . 21  " Nor shall any of the priests drink wine when they enter the inner court . 22  "And they shall not marry a widow or a divorced woman but shall take virgins from the offspring of the house of Israel , or a widow who is the widow of a priest . 23  "Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane , and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean . 24  "In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge ; they shall judge it according to My ordinances . They shall also keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed feasts and sanctify My sabbaths . 25  " They shall not go to a dead person to defile themselves; however e , for father , for mother , for son , for daughter , for brother , or for a sister who has not had a husband , they may defile themselves. 26  "After he is cleansed , seven days shall elapse for him. 27  "On the day that he goes into the sanctuary , into the inner court to minister in the sanctuary , he shall offer his sin offering ," declares the Lord GOD . 28  "And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance ; and you shall give them no possession in Israel -I am their possession . 29  "They shall eat the grain offering , the sin offering and the guilt offering ; and every devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs . 30  "The first of all the first fruits of every kind and every contribution of every kind, from all your contributions , shall be for the priests ; you shall also give to the priest the first of your dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house . 31  "The priests shall not eat any bird or beast that has died a natural death or has been torn to pieces .

45 "And when you divide by lot the land for inheritance , you shall offer an allotment to the Lord , a holy portion of the land ; the length shall be the length of 25,000 e e cubits, and the width shall be 20,000 e . It shall be holy within all its boundary round about . 2  "Out of this there shall be for the holy place a square round about five hundred by five hundred cubits, and fifty cubits for its open space round about . 3  "From this area you shall measure a length of 25,000 e e cubits and a width of 10,000 e cubits; and in it shall be the sanctuary , the most holy place . 4  "It shall be the holy portion of the land ; it shall be for the priests , the ministers of the sanctuary , who come near to minister to the Lord , and it shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary . 5  "An area 25,000 e e cubits in length and 10,000 e in width shall be for the Levites , the ministers of the house, and for their possession cities to dwell in. 6  "You shall give the city possession of an area 5,000 e cubits wide and 25,000 e e cubits long , alongside the allotment of the holy portion ; it shall be for the whole house of Israel . 7  "The prince shall have land on either side of the holy allotment and the property of the city , adjacent e to the holy allotment and the property of the city , on the west side toward the west and on the east side toward the east , and in length comparable to one of the portions , from the west border to the east border . 8  "This shall be his land for a possession in Israel ; so My princes shall no longer oppress My people , but they shall give the rest of the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes ."

9  'Thus says the Lord GOD , " Enough , you princes of Israel ; put away violence and destruction , and practice justice and righteousness . Stop your expropriations from My people ," declares the Lord GOD . 10  "You shall have just balances , a just ephah and a just bath . 11  "The ephah and the bath shall be the same quantity , so that the bath will contain a tenth of a homer and the ephah a tenth of a homer ; their standard shall be according to the homer . 12  "The shekel shall be twenty gerahs ; twenty shekels , twenty-five e shekels , and fifteen e shekels shall be your maneh .

13  "This is the offering that you shall offer : a sixth of an ephah from a homer of wheat ; a sixth of an ephah from a homer of barley ; 14  and the prescribed portion of oil (namely, the bath of oil ), a tenth of a bath from each kor (which is ten baths or a homer , for ten baths are a homer ); 15  and one sheep from each flock of two hundred from the watering places of Israel -for a grain offering , for a burnt offering and for peace offerings , to make atonement for them," declares the Lord GOD . 16  " All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel . 17  "It shall be the prince's part to provide the burnt offerings , the grain offerings and the drink offerings , at the feasts , on the new moons and on the sabbaths , at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel ; he shall provide the sin offering , the grain offering , the burnt offering and the peace offerings , to make atonement for the house of Israel ." 18  'Thus says the Lord GOD , "In the first month, on the first of the month , you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary . 19  "The priest shall take some of the blood from the sin offering and put it on the door posts of the house , on the four corners of the ledge of the altar and on the posts of the gate of the inner court . 20  "Thus you shall do on the seventh day of the month for everyone who goes astray or is naive ; so you shall make atonement for the house . 21  "In the first month, on the fourteenth e day of the month , you shall have the Passover , a feast of seven days ; unleavened bread shall be eaten . 22  "On that day the prince shall provide for himself and all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering . 23  "During the seven days of the feast he shall provide as a burnt offering to the Lord seven bulls and seven rams without blemish on every day of the seven days , and a male goat daily for a sin offering . 24  "He shall provide as a grain offering an ephah with a bull , an ephah with a ram and a hin of oil with an ephah . 25  "In the seventh month, on the fifteenth e day of the month , at the feast , he shall provide like this , seven days for the sin offering , the burnt offering , the grain offering and the oil ."

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