The Glory of the LORD Returns to the Temple1 Then the man brought me back to the gate that faces east, 2 and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory. 3 The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when He came ▼
▼ Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts when I cameto destroy the city, and like the ones I had seen by the River Kebar. I fell facedown, 4 and the glory of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east. 5 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple, 7 and He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My holy name— neither they nor their kings— by their prostitution and by the funeral offerings ▼
▼ Or the monuments; also in verse 9for their kings at their deaths. ▼
▼ Or at their high places8 When they placed their threshold next to My threshold and their doorposts beside My doorposts, with only a wall between Me and them, they defiled My holy name by the abominations they committed. Therefore I have consumed them in My anger. 9 Now let them remove far from Me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will dwell among them forever. 10 As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the [people] of Israel, so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities. Let them measure the plan, 11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, then make known to them the design of the temple— its arrangement and its exits and entrances— its whole design along with all its statutes, forms, and laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may observe its complete design and all its statutes, and may carry them out. 12 This is the law of the temple: All its surrounding territory on top of the mountain will be most holy. Yes, this is the law of the temple.
The Altar of Sacrifice13 These are the measurements of the altar in long cubits ▼
▼ The long cubit, about 21 inches or 53 centimeters, is the basic unit for linear measurement throughout Ezekiel 40-48.( a cubit and a handbreadth ): Its gutter [shall be] a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one span ▼
▼ That is, about 11 inches or 27 centimetersaround its edge. And this [is] the height of the altar: 14 The space from the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge [shall be] two cubits [high] and one cubit wide, ▼
▼ Measured in long cubits, that is about 3.5 feet high and 1.75 feet wide (105 centimeters high and 53 centimeters wide)and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge [shall be] four cubits high and one cubit wide. ▼
▼ Measured in long cubits, that is about 7 feet high and 1.75 feet wide (2.1 meters high and 53 centimeters wide)15 The altar hearth [shall be] four cubits [high] , and four horns shall project upward from the hearth. 16 The altar [hearth] [shall be] square at its four corners, twelve [cubits] ▼
▼ Measured in long cubits, that is about 21 feet or 6.4 meterslong [and] twelve [cubits] wide. 17 The ledge [shall also be] square , fourteen [cubits] ▼
▼ Measured in long cubits, that is about 24.5 feet or 7.4 meterslong and fourteen [cubits] wide, with a rim of half a cubit ▼
▼ Measured in long cubits, that is about 10.5 inches or 26.5 centimetersand a gutter of a cubit all around it . The steps of the altar [shall] face east.” 18 Then He said to me: “Son of man, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is constructed, so that burnt offerings may be sacrificed on it and blood may be sprinkled on it: 19 You are to give a young bull from the herd as a sin offering to the Levitical priests who are of the family of Zadok, who approach Me to minister before Me, declares the Lord GOD. 20 You are to take some of its blood and put [it] on the four horns of the [altar] , on the four corners of the ledge, and all around the rim; thus you will cleanse the altar and make atonement for it. 21 Then you are to take away the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the appointed part of the temple area outside the sanctuary. 22 On the second day you are to present an unblemished male goat as a sin offering, and the altar is to be cleansed as it was with the bull. 23 When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull and an unblemished ram from the flock. 24 You must present them before the LORD; the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and sacrifice them [as] a burnt offering to the LORD. 25 For seven days you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering; you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both unblemished. 26 For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; so they shall consecrate it. ▼
▼ Hebrew fill its hand27 At the end of these days, from the eighth day on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Lord GOD.’”
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