Ezekiel 48

The Portions for the Tribes

Now these are the names of the tribes: At the northern frontier, Dan will have one portion bordering the road of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath and running on to Hazar-enan on the border of Damascus with Hamath to the north, and extending from the east side to the west side. Asher [will have] one portion bordering the territory of Dan from east to west. Naphtali will have one portion bordering the territory of Asher from east to west. Manasseh will have one portion bordering the territory of Naphtali from east to west. Ephraim will have one portion bordering the territory of Manasseh from east to west. Reuben will have one portion bordering the territory of Ephraim from east to west. Judah will have one portion bordering the territory of Reuben from east to west. Bordering the territory of Judah, from east to west, will be the portion you are to set apart. It will be 25,000 [cubits]
Measured in long cubits, that is about 8.3 miles or 13.25 kilometers; also in verses 9, 10, 13, 15, 20, and 21
wide, and the length of one of the tribal portions from the east side to the west. In the center will be the sanctuary.
The special portion you set apart to the LORD [shall be] 25,000 [cubits] long and 10,000 [cubits]
Measured in long cubits, that is about 3.3 miles or 5.3 kilometers; also in verses 10, 13, and 18
. . . wide.

The Portion for the Priests

10  This will be the holy portion for the priests. It will be 25,000 cubits long on the north, 10,000 [cubits] wide on the west side, 10,000 [cubits] wide on the east side, and 25,000 [cubits] long on the south [side] . In the center will be the sanctuary of the LORD. 11  It will be for the consecrated priests, the descendants of Zadok, who kept My charge and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray. 12  It will be a special portion for them set apart from the land, a Most Holy portion adjacent to the territory of the Levites. 13  Bordering the territory of the priests, the Levites [shall have an area] 25,000 [cubits] long and 10,000 cubits wide. The whole length [will be] 25,000 [cubits] , and the width 10,000 [cubits] . 14  They must not sell or exchange any of it, and they must not transfer this best [part] of the land, for it is holy to the LORD. 15  The remaining area, 5,000 [cubits]
Measured in long cubits, that is about 1.65 miles or 2.65 kilometers
wide and 25,000 [cubits long] , will be for the common use of the city, for houses and pasturelands. The city will be in the center of it
16  and will have these measurements: 4,500 [cubits]
Measured in long cubits, that is about 1.49 miles or 2.39 kilometers; also in verses 30, 32, 33, and 34
on the north side, 4,500 [cubits] on the south side, 4,500 [cubits] on the east side, and 4,500 [cubits] on the west side.
17  The pastureland of the city will extend 250 [cubits]
Measured in long cubits, that is about 437.5 feet or 132.5 meters
to the north, 250 [cubits] to the south, 250 [cubits] to the east, and 250 [cubits] to the west.
18  The remainder of the length bordering the holy portion and running adjacent to [it] will be 10,000 [cubits] on the east side and 10,000 [cubits] on the west side. Its produce will supply food for the workers of the city. 19  The workers of the city who cultivate it will come from all the tribes of Israel. 20  The entire portion [will be] a square, 25,000 [cubits] by 25,000 [cubits] . You are to set apart the holy portion, along with the city property.

The Portion for the Prince

21  The remaining area on both sides of the holy portion and of the property of the city will belong to the prince. He will own the land adjacent to the [tribal] portions, extending [eastward] from the 25,000 [cubits] of the [holy] district toward the eastern border, [and] westward from the 25,000 [cubits] to the western border. And in the center of them will be the holy portion and the sanctuary of the temple. 22  So for the Levitical property and the city property [will lie] in the center of the area belonging to the prince. [The area] between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin will belong to the prince.

The Portions for the Remaining Tribes

23  As for the rest of the tribes: Benjamin will have one portion extending from the east side to the west side. 24  Simeon will have one portion bordering the territory of Benjamin from east to west. 25  Issachar will have one portion bordering the territory of Simeon from east to west. 26  Zebulun will have one portion bordering the territory of Issachar from east to west. 27  [And] Gad will have one portion bordering the territory of Zebulun from east to west. 28  The southern border of Gad will run from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh, then along the Brook [of Egypt]
Hebrew does not include of Egypt
and out to the Great Sea.
That is, the Mediterranean Sea
29  This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these will be their portions, declares the Lord GOD.

The City Gates and Dimensions

30  These will be the exits of the city: Beginning on the north side, which measures 4,500 [cubits long] , 31  the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel. On the north side [there will be] three gates: the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah, and the gate of Levi. 32  On the east side, which will be 4,500 [cubits long] , there will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan. 33  On the south side, which will be 4,500 [cubits long] , there will be three gates: the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun. 34  And on the west side, which will be 4,500 [cubits long] , there will be three gates: the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali. 35  The perimeter [of the city will be] 18,000 [cubits] ,
Measured in long cubits, that is about 6 miles or 9.5 kilometers
. . . and the name of the city from [that] day on will be: THE LORD [IS] THERE.”
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