Ezekiel 39-41 New Revised Standard Version

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39 1  And you, mortal, prophesy against Gog, and say: Thus says the Lord God: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal! 2  I will turn you around and drive you forward, and bring you up from the remotest parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. 3  I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. 4  You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples that are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every kind and to the wild animals to be devoured. 5  You shall fall in the open field; for I have spoken, says the Lord God. 6  I will send fire on Magog and on those who live securely in the coastlands; and they shall know that I am the Lord. 7  My holy name I will make known among my people Israel; and I will not let my holy name be profaned any more; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

8  It has come! It has happened, says the Lord God. This is the day of which I have spoken. 9  Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them-bucklers and shields, bows and arrows, handpikes and spears-and they will make fires of them for seven years. 10  They will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any trees in the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons; they will despoil those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, says the Lord God. 11  On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers east of the sea; it shall block the path of the travelers, for there Gog and all his horde will be buried; it shall be called the Valley of Hamon-gog. 12  Seven months the house of Israel shall spend burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13  All the people of the land shall bury them; and it will bring them honor on the day that I show my glory, says the Lord God. 14  They will set apart men to pass through the land regularly and bury any invaders who remain on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it; for seven months they shall make their search. 15  As the searchers pass through the land, anyone who sees a human bone shall set up a sign by it, until the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. 16  (A city Hamonah is there also.) Thus they shall cleanse the land. 17  As for you, mortal, thus says the Lord God: Speak to the birds of every kind and to all the wild animals: Assemble and come, gather from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood. 18  You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth-of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19  You shall eat fat until you are filled, and drink blood until you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you. 20  And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with warriors and all kinds of soldiers, says the Lord God. 21  I will display my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. 22  The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward.

23  And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt treacherously with me. So I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. 24  I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them. 25  Therefore thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26  They shall forget their shame, and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they live securely in their land with no one to make them afraid, 27  when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have displayed my holiness in the sight of many nations. 28  Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God because I sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them into their own land. I will leave none of them behind; 29  and I will never again hide my face from them, when I pour out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God.

The Prophet's Vision of the Temple

40 1  In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me there. 2  He brought me, in visions of God, to the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3  When he brought me there, a man was there, whose appearance shone like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. 4  The man said to me, "Mortal, look closely and listen attentively, and set your mind upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you; declare all that you see to the house of Israel."

5  Now there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area. The length of the measuring reed in the man's hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a handbreadth in length; so he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed. 6  Then he went into the gateway facing east, going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep. There were 7  recesses, and each recess was one reed wide and one reed deep; and the space between the recesses, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end was one reed deep. 8  Then he measured the inner vestibule of the gateway, one cubit. 9  Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and its pilasters, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end. 10  There were three recesses on either side of the east gate; the three were of the same size; and the pilasters on either side were of the same size. 11  Then he measured the width of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the width of the gateway, thirteen cubits. 12  There was a barrier before the recesses, one cubit on either side; and the recesses were six cubits on either side. 13  Then he measured the gate from the back of the one recess to the back of the other, a width of twenty-five cubits, from wall to wall. 14  He measured also the vestibule, twenty cubits; and the gate next to the pilaster on every side of the court. 15  From the front of the gate at the entrance to the end of the inner vestibule of the gate was fifty cubits. 16  The recesses and their pilasters had windows, with shutters on the inside of the gateway all around, and the vestibules also had windows on the inside all around; and on the pilasters were palm trees. 17  Then he brought me into the outer court; there were chambers there, and a pavement, all around the court; thirty chambers fronted on the pavement. 18  The pavement ran along the side of the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates; this was the lower pavement. 19  Then he measured the distance from the inner front of the lower gate to the outer front of the inner court, one hundred cubits. 20  Then he measured the gate of the outer court that faced north-its depth and width. 21  Its recesses, three on either side, and its pilasters and its vestibule were of the same size as those of the first gate; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits. 22  Its windows, its vestibule, and its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate that faced toward the east. Seven steps led up to it; and its vestibule was on the inside. 23  Opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to the inner court; he measured from gate to gate, one hundred cubits. 24  Then he led me toward the south, and there was a gate on the south; and he measured its pilasters and its vestibule; they had the same dimensions as the others. 25  There were windows all around in it and in its vestibule, like the windows of the others; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits. 26  There were seven steps leading up to it; its vestibule was on the inside. It had palm trees on its pilasters, one on either side.

27  There was a gate on the south of the inner court; and he measured from gate to gate toward the south, one hundred cubits. 28  Then he brought me to the inner court by the south gate, and he measured the south gate; it was of the same dimensions as the others. 29  Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and there were windows all around in it and in its vestibule; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits. 30  There were vestibules all around, twenty-five cubits deep and five cubits wide. 31  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and palm trees were on its pilasters, and its stairway had eight steps. 32  Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gate; it was of the same size as the others. 33  Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same dimensions as the others; and there were windows all around in it and in its vestibule; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits. 34  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its pilasters, on either side; and its stairway had eight steps. 35  Then he brought me to the north gate, and he measured it; it had the same dimensions as the others. 36  Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and it had windows all around. Its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits. 37  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its pilasters, on either side; and its stairway had eight steps. 38  There was a chamber with its door in the vestibule of the gate, where the burnt offering was to be washed.

39  And in the vestibule of the gate were two tables on either side, on which the burnt offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering were to be slaughtered. 40  On the outside of the vestibule at the entrance of the north gate were two tables; and on the other side of the vestibule of the gate were two tables. 41  Four tables were on the inside, and four tables on the outside of the side of the gate, eight tables, on which the sacrifices were to be slaughtered. 42  There were also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, a cubit and a half long, and one cubit and a half wide, and one cubit high, on which the instruments were to be laid with which the burnt offerings and the sacrifices were slaughtered. 43  There were pegs, one handbreadth long, fastened all around the inside. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid. 44  On the outside of the inner gateway there were chambers for the singers in the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the east gate facing north. 45  He said to me, "This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple, 46  and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the descendants of Zadok, who alone among the descendants of Levi may come near to the Lord to minister to him." 47  He measured the court, one hundred cubits deep, and one hundred cubits wide, a square; and the altar was in front of the temple. 48  Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the pilasters of the vestibule, five cubits on either side; and the width of the gate was fourteen cubits; and the sidewalls of the gate were three cubits on either side. 49  The depth of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the width twelve cubits; ten steps led up to it; and there were pillars beside the pilasters on either side.

41 1  Then he brought me to the nave, and measured the pilasters; on each side six cubits was the width of the pilasters. 2  The width of the entrance was ten cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side. He measured the length of the nave, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits. 3  Then he went into the inner room and measured the pilasters of the entrance, two cubits; and the width of the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance, seven cubits. 4  He measured the depth of the room, twenty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits, beyond the nave. And he said to me, This is the most holy place. 5  Then he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits thick; and the width of the side chambers, four cubits, all around the temple. 6  The side chambers were in three stories, one over another, thirty in each story. There were offsets all around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side chambers, so that they should not be supported by the wall of the temple. 7  The passageway of the side chambers widened from story to story; for the structure was supplied with a stairway all around the temple. For this reason the structure became wider from story to story. One ascended from the bottom story to the uppermost story by way of the middle one. 8  I saw also that the temple had a raised platform all around; the foundations of the side chambers measured a full reed of six long cubits. 9  The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits; and the free space between the side chambers of the temple 10  and the chambers of the court was a width of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side. 11  The side chambers opened onto the area left free, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south; and the width of the part that was left free was five cubits all around.

12  The building that was facing the temple yard on the west side was seventy cubits wide; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its depth ninety cubits. 13  Then he measured the temple, one hundred cubits deep; and the yard and the building with its walls, one hundred cubits deep; 14  also the width of the east front of the temple and the yard, one hundred cubits. 15  Then he measured the depth of the building facing the yard at the west, together with its galleries on either side, one hundred cubits. The nave of the temple and the inner room and the outer vestibule 16  were paneled, and, all around, all three had windows with recessed frames. Facing the threshold the temple was paneled with wood all around, from the floor up to the windows (now the windows were covered), 17  to the space above the door, even to the inner room, and on the outside. And on all the walls all around in the inner room and the nave there was a pattern. 18  It was formed of cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces: 19  a human face turned toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion turned toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around; 20  from the floor to the area above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall. 21  The doorposts of the nave were square. In front of the holy place was something resembling 22  an altar of wood, three cubits high, two cubits long, and two cubits wide; its corners, its base, and its walls were of wood. He said to me, "This is the table that stands before the Lord." 23  The nave and the holy place had each a double door. 24  The doors had two leaves apiece, two swinging leaves for each door. 25  On the doors of the nave were carved cherubim and palm trees, such as were carved on the walls; and there was a canopy of wood in front of the vestibule outside. 26  And there were recessed windows and palm trees on either side, on the sidewalls of the vestibule.

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