Ezekiel 42-43 New Revised Standard Version

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42 1  Then he led me out into the outer court, toward the north, and he brought me to the chambers that were opposite the temple yard and opposite the building on the north. 2  The length of the building that was on the north side was one hundred cubits, and the width fifty cubits. 3  Across the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner court, and facing the pavement that belonged to the outer court, the chambers rose gallery by gallery in three stories. 4  In front of the chambers was a passage on the inner side, ten cubits wide and one hundred cubits deep, and its entrances were on the north. 5  Now the upper chambers were narrower, for the galleries took more away from them than from the lower and middle chambers in the building. 6  For they were in three stories, and they had no pillars like the pillars of the outer court; for this reason the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and the middle ones. 7  There was a wall outside parallel to the chambers, toward the outer court, opposite the chambers, fifty cubits long. 8  For the chambers on the outer court were fifty cubits long, while those opposite the temple were one hundred cubits long. 9  At the foot of these chambers ran a passage that one entered from the east in order to enter them from the outer court. 10  The width of the passage was fixed by the wall of the court. On the south also, opposite the vacant area and opposite the building, there were chambers 11  with a passage in front of them; they were similar to the chambers on the north, of the same length and width, with the same exits and arrangements and doors. 12  So the entrances of the chambers to the south were entered through the entrance at the head of the corresponding passage, from the east, along the matching wall. 13  Then he said to me, "The north chambers and the south chambers opposite the vacant area are the holy chambers, where the priests who approach the Lord shall eat the most holy offerings; there they shall deposit the most holy offerings-the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering-for the place is holy. 14  When the priests enter the holy place, they shall not go out of it into the outer court without laying there the vestments in which they minister, for these are holy; they shall put on other garments before they go near to the area open to the people."

15  When he had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by the gate that faces east, and measured the temple area all around. 16  He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 17  Then he turned and measured the north side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 18  Then he turned and measured the south side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 19  Then he turned to the west side and measured, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 20  He measured it on the four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to make a separation between the holy and the common.

The Glory of the LORD Fills the Temple

43 1  Then he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. 2  And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the sound was like the sound of mighty waters; and the earth shone with his glory. 3  The vision I saw was like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4  As the glory of the Lord entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5  the spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

The Ordinances of the Temple

6  While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me out of the temple.

7  He said to me: Mortal, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet, where I will reside among the people of Israel forever. The house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their whoring, and by the corpses of their kings at their death. 8  When they placed their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they were defiling my holy name by their abominations that they committed; therefore I have consumed them in my anger. 9  Now let them put away their idolatry and the corpses of their kings far from me, and I will reside among them forever. 10  As for you, mortal, describe the temple to the house of Israel, and let them measure the pattern; and let them be ashamed of their iniquities. 11  When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the plan of the temple, its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, and its whole form-all its ordinances and its entire plan and all its laws; and write it down in their sight, so that they may observe and follow the entire plan and all its ordinances. 12  This is the law of the temple: the whole territory on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy. This is the law of the temple.

13  These are the dimensions of the altar by cubits (the cubit being one cubit and a handbreadth): its base shall be one cubit high, and one cubit wide, with a rim of one span around its edge. This shall be the height of the altar: 14  From the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits, with a width of one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits, with a width of one cubit; 15  and the altar hearth, four cubits; and from the altar hearth projecting upward, four horns. 16  The altar hearth shall be square, twelve cubits long by twelve wide. 17  The ledge also shall be square, fourteen cubits long by fourteen wide, with a rim around it half a cubit wide, and its surrounding base, one cubit. Its steps shall face east. 18  Then he said to me: Mortal, thus says the Lord God: These are the ordinances for the altar: On the day when it is erected for offering burnt offerings upon it and for dashing blood against it, 19  you shall give to the levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who draw near to me to minister to me, says the Lord God, a bull for a sin offering. 20  And you shall take some of its blood, and put it on the four horns of the altar, and on the four corners of the ledge, and upon the rim all around; thus you shall purify it and make atonement for it. 21  You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and it shall be burnt in the appointed place belonging to the temple, outside the sacred area. 22  On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering; and the altar shall be purified, as it was purified with the bull. 23  When you have finished purifying it, you shall offer a bull without blemish and a ram from the flock without blemish. 24  You shall present them before the Lord, and the priests shall throw salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25  For seven days you shall provide daily a goat for a sin offering; also a bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be provided. 26  Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it. 27  When these days are over, then from the eighth day onward the priests shall offer upon the altar your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being; and I will accept you, says the Lord God.

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