Ezekiel 44

Gate for the Prince

Then He brought me back by the way of the a outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut. The  Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the b  Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. “As for the c prince, he shall sit in it as prince to d eat bread before the  Lord; he shall e enter by way of the f porch of the gate and shall go out
Lit by his way
by the same way.”

Then He brought me by way of the h north gate to the front of the house; and I looked, and behold, the i glory of the  Lord filled the house of the  Lord, and I j fell on my face. The  Lord said to me, “Son of man,
Lit set your heart on
l mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the m statutes of the house of the  Lord and concerning all its laws; and
Lit set your heart on
mark well the entrance of the house, with all exits of the sanctuary.
You shall say to the
Lit rebellion
p rebellious ones, to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, r Enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel,
when you brought in s foreigners t uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house, when you u offered My food, the fat and the blood; for they v made My covenant voidthis in addition to all your abominations. “And you have not w kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners
Lit as keepers of My charge in My
to keep charge of My sanctuary.”

Thus says the Lord  God, y No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the sons of Israel, shall enter My sanctuary. 10 But the Levites who went far from Me when Israel went astray, who z went astray from Me after their idols, shall aa bear the punishment for their iniquity. 11 “Yet they shall be ab ministers in My sanctuary, having ac oversight at the gates of the house and ad ministering in the house; they shall ae slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall af stand before them to minister to them. 12 Because they ministered to them ag before their idols and became a ah stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel, therefore I have
Lit lifted up My hand
aj sworn against them,” declares the Lord  God, “that they shall ak bear the punishment for their iniquity.
13 “And they shall al not come near to Me to serve as a priest to Me, nor come near to any of My holy things, to the things that are most holy; but they will am bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. 14 “Yet I will
Lit give
appoint them
Lit keepers of the charge
to ap keep charge of the house, of all its service and of all that shall be done in it.

Ordinances for the Levites

15 “But the aq Levitical priests, the sons of ar Zadok, who as kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel at went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall au stand before Me to offer Me the av fat and the blood,” declares the Lord  God. 16 “They shall aw enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My ax table to minister to Me and keep My charge. 17 It shall be that when they enter at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with ay linen garments; and wool shall not
Lit come upon
be on them while they are ministering in the gates of the inner court and in the house.
18 Linen ba turbans shall be on their heads and bb linen undergarments shall be on their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything which makes them sweat. 19 When they go out into the outer court, into the outer court to the people, they shall bc put off their garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers; then they shall put on other garments so that they will bd not transmit holiness to the people with their garments. 20 “Also they shall be not shave their heads, yet they shall not bf let their locks
Or hang loose
grow long; they shall only trim the hair of their heads.
21  bh Nor shall any of the priests drink wine when they enter the inner court. 22 “And they shall not
Lit take as wives for themselves
marry a widow or a bj divorced woman but shall bk take virgins from the offspring of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.
23 Moreover, they shall teach My people the bl  difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 In a dispute bm they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My ordinances. They shall also keep My laws and My statutes in all My bn appointed feasts and bo sanctify My sabbaths. 25 
Lit He
bq They shall not go to a dead person to defile themselves; however, for father, for mother, for son, for daughter, for brother, or for a sister who has not had a husband, they may defile themselves.
26 After he is br cleansed, seven days shall
Lit be counted
elapse for him.
27 On the day that he goes into the sanctuary, into the bt inner court to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his bu sin offering,” declares the Lord  God.

28 And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that bv I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in IsraelI am their possession. 29 “They shall bw eat the grain offering, the sin offering and the guilt offering; and every
Or dedicated
by devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs.
30 The first of all the bz first fruits of every kind and every
Or heave offering(s)
contribution of every kind, from all your
Or heave offering(s)
contributions, shall be for the priests; you shall also give to the priest the cc first of your
Or coarse meal
dough to cause a ce blessing to rest on your house.
31 The priests shall not eat any bird or beast that has cf died a natural death or has been torn to pieces.
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