Ezekiel 39-41 Revised Standard Version

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39 1  "And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; 2  and I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel; 3  then 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 hordes and the peoples that are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the wild beasts 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 dwell securely in the coastlands; and they shall know that I am the Lord. 7  "And my holy name I will make known in the midst of 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  Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, says the Lord GOD. That is the day of which I have spoken. 9  "Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go forth and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, handpikes and spears, and they will make fires of them for seven years; 10  so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of 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 will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried; it will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog. 12  For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13  All the people of the land will bury them; and it will redound to their honor on the day that I show my glory, says the Lord GOD. 14  They will set apart men to pass through the land continually and bury those remaining upon the face of the land, so as to cleanse it; at the end of seven months they will make their search. 15  And when these pass through the land and any one sees a man's bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. 16  (A city Hamo'nah is there also.) Thus shall they cleanse the land. 17  "As for you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: Speak to the birds of every sort and to all beasts of the field, 'Assemble and come, gather from all sides to the sacrificial feast which I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast upon 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  And you shall eat fat till you are filled, and drink blood till you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast which I am preparing for you. 20  And you shall be filled at my table with horses and riders, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors,' says the Lord GOD. 21  "And I will set my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment which I have executed, and my hand which 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 so treacherously with me that 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 upon 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 dwell securely in their land with none 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 vindicated 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 remaining among the nations any more; 29  and I will not hide my face any more 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 conquered, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, 2  and brought me in the visions of God into the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city opposite me. 3  When he brought me there, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring reed in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. 4  And the man said to me, "Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, 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  And behold, there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and 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; 7  and the side rooms, one reed long, and one reed broad; and the space between the side rooms, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end, one reed. 8  Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; 9  and its jambs, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end. 10  And there were three side rooms on either side of the east gate; the three were of the same size; and the jambs on either side were of the same size. 11  Then he measured the breadth of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the breadth of the gateway, thirteen cubits. 12  There was a barrier before the side rooms, one cubit on either side; and the side rooms were six cubits on either side. 13  Then he measured the gate from the back of the one side room to the back of the other, a breadth of five and twenty cubits, from door to door. 14  He measured also the vestibule, twenty cubits; and round about the vestibule of the gateway was 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  And the gateway had windows round about, narrowing inwards into their jambs in the side rooms, and likewise the vestibule had windows round about inside, and on the jambs were palm trees. 17  Then he brought me into the outer court; and behold, there were chambers and a pavement, round about the court; thirty chambers fronted on the pavement. 18  And 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, a hundred cubits. Then he went before me to the north, 20  and behold, there was a gate which faced toward the north, belonging to the outer court. He measured its length and its breadth. 21  Its side rooms, three on either side, and its jambs and its vestibule were of the same size as those of the first gate; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 22  And its windows, its vestibule, and its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate which faced toward the east; and seven steps led up to it; and its vestibule was on the inside. 23  And opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to the inner court; and he measured from gate to gate, a hundred cubits. 24  And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south; and he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others. 25  And there were windows round about in it and in its vestibule, like the windows of the others; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 26  And there were seven steps leading up to it, and its vestibule was on the inside; and it had palm trees on its jambs, one on either side.

27  And there was a gate on the south of the inner court; and he measured from gate to gate toward the south, a 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 size as the others; 29  Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and there were windows round about in it and in its vestibule; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 30  And there were vestibules round about, twenty-five cubits long and five cubits broad. 31  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and palm trees were on its jambs, 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 side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and there were windows round about in it and in its vestibule; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 34  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, one 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 size as the others. 36  Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and it had windows round about; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 37  Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, one 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  And 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  And there were also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, a cubit and a half long, and a cubit and a half broad, and one cubit high, on which the instruments were to be laid with which the burnt offerings and the sacrifices were slaughtered. 43  And hooks, a handbreadth long, were fastened round about within. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid. 44  Then he brought me from without into the inner court, and behold, there were two chambers in the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south gate facing north. 45  And he said to me, This chamber which faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple, 46  and the chamber which faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the sons of Zadok, who alone among the sons of Levi may come near to the Lord to minister to him. 47  And he measured the court, a hundred cubits long, and a hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar was in front of the temple. 48  Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the jambs of the vestibule, five cubits on either side; and the breadth of the gate was fourteen cubits; and the sidewalls of the gate were three cubits on either side. 49  The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve cubits; and ten steps led up to it; and there were pillars beside the jambs on either side.

41 1  Then he brought me to the nave, and measured the jambs; on each side six cubits was the breadth of the jambs. 2  And the breadth of the entrance was ten cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side; and he measured the length of the nave forty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits. 3  Then he went into the inner room and measured the jambs of the entrance, two cubits; and the breadth of the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance, seven cubits. 4  And he measured the length of the room, twenty cubits, and its breadth, 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 breadth of the side chambers, four cubits, round about the temple. 6  And 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  And the side chambers became broader as they rose from story to story, corresponding to the enlargement of the offset from story to story round about the temple; on the side of the temple a stairway led upward, and thus one went up from the lowest story to the top story through the middle story. 8  I saw also that the temple had a raised platform round about; 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 part of the platform which was left free was five cubits. Between the platform of the temple and the 10  chambers of the court was a breadth of twenty cubits round about the temple on every side. 11  And the doors of the side chambers opened on the part of the platform that was left free, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south; and the breadth of the part that was left free was five cubits round about.

12  The building that was facing the temple yard on the west side was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, and its length ninety cubits. 13  Then he measured the temple, a hundred cubits long; and the yard and the building with its walls, a hundred cubits long; 14  also the breadth of the east front of the temple and the yard, a hundred cubits. 15  Then he measured the length of the building facing the yard which was at the west and its walls on either side, a hundred cubits. The nave of the temple and the inner room and the outer vestibule 16  were paneled and round about all three had windows with recessed frames. Over against the threshold the temple was paneled with wood round about, 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 round about in the inner room and the nave were carved likenesses 18  of cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Every cherub had two faces: 19  the face of a man toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple round about; 20  from the floor to above the door cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall. 21  The doorposts of the nave were squared; and in front of the holy place was something resembling 22  an altar of wood, three cubits high, two cubits long, and two cubits broad; its corners, its base, and its walls were of wood. He said to me, "This is the table which is 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  And 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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