Ezekiel 44

Gate for the Prince

1Then He brought me back by the way of the a  outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut. 2The  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. 3“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.”

4Then 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. 5The  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.
6You 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,
7when 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. 8“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.”

9Thus 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. 10But 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. 12Because 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. 17It 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.
18Linen 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. 19When 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.
23Moreover, 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. 24In 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.
26After he is br  cleansed, seven days shall
Lit be counted
elapse for him.
27On 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.

28And 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.
30The 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.
31The 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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