Ezekiel 46

1 Ordinances for the prince in his worship;

9 and for the people.

16 An order for the prince's inheritance.

19 The courts for boiling and baking.

Thus saith.Whether the rules for public worship here laid down were designed to be observed in those things wherein they differed from the law of Moses, in the ministrations of the second temple, is not certain. In the latter history of the Jewish church, the law of Moses only was followed, except in the corruption of following the traditions of the fathers.

The gate.The prophet had before observed that the east gate of the outer court was shut, and was told that it must only be opened for the prince; and now he is informed that the gate of the inner court on the east was also shut, and is to be opened only on the sabbath and new moons, till the evening.

shall be shut.


six working.

Ge 3:19; Ex 20:9; Lu 13:14

on the sabbath.

45:17; Isa 66:23; Heb 4:9,10

the porch.

Joh 10:1-3

by the post.

8; 44:3; 2Ch 23:13; 34:31

the priests.

Col 1:28

prepare.Or, "offer," as the word {âsah} frequently denotes. The whole of this seems to intimate the constant, reverential, and exemplary attendance of kings on the pure ordinances of religion, in the approaching flourishing days of the church.

he shall worship.

1Ki 8:22,23; 1Ch 17:16; 29:10-12; 2Ch 6:13; 29:29; Mt 26:39

Heb 5:7,8

but the gate.


Lu 1:10; Joh 10:9; Heb 10:19-22

the burnt.The proportions of the burnt offerings, and also of the meat and drink offerings, are very different here form those prescribed in the Mosaic law. The meat offering, under the law, was only three tenths of an {ephah} to a bullock, two tenths for a ram, and one tenth for a lamb, with the fourth part of a {hin} of oil.

45:17; Nu 28:9,10

the meat.

7,11,12; 45:24; Nu 28:12

as he shall be able to give. Heb. the gift of his hand.

Le 14:21; Nu 6:21; De 16:17



he shall go.

2; 44:1-3; Col 1:18

when the people.This may intimate, that every thing should be regulated, in divine worship, so as to prevent disorder and interruption, and also that men should go forward and make progress in religion, and not turn their backs upon God.

come before.

Ex 23:14-17; 34:23; De 16:16; Ps 84:7; Mal 4:4

he that entereth in.

1:12,17; Php 3:13,14; Heb 10:38; 2Pe 2:20,21

2Sa 6:14-19; 1Ch 29:20,22; 2Ch 6:2-4; 7:4,5; 20:27,28; 29:28,29

2Ch 34:30,31; Ne 8:8,9; Ps 42:4; 122:1-4; Mt 18:20; 28:20; Heb 3:6

Heb 4:14-16; Re 2:1

in the feasts.

Le 23:1-44; Nu 15:1-41; 28:1-29:40; De 16:1-22

the meat.


a voluntary.

Le 1:3; 23:38; Nu 29:39; 1Ki 3:4; 1Ch 29:21; 2Ch 5:6; 7:5-7; 29:31

Ezr 1:4; 3:5; 6:17; Ro 12:1; Eph 5:2

open him.

1,2,8; 44:3

as he did.


Thou shalt daily.It is observable, that there is nothing said about the evening sacrifice, or the additional lamb, morning and evening, on the sabbath, which makes an important difference between this and the old laws; and is probably an intimation of that change in the external forms of religion which the coming of the Messiah should introduce.

Ex 29:38-42; Nu 28:3-8,10; Da 8:11-13; Joh 1:29; 1Pe 1:19,20

Re 13:8

of the first year. Heb. a son of his year.

Ex 12:5; Le 12:6

every morning. Heb. morning by morning.

Ps 92:2; Isa 50:4

the sixth.

Nu 28:5

a continual.

Heb 7:27; 9:26; 10:1-10

If the prince.

Ge 25:5,6; 2Ch 21:3; Ps 37:18; Mt 25:34; Lu 10:42; Joh 8:35,36

Ro 8:15-17,29-32; Ga 4:7

to the year.That is, the year of Jubilee, called the year of liberty, because there was then a general release: all servants had their liberty; and all alienated estates returned to their former owners.

Le 25:10; Mt 25:14-29; Lu 19:25,26; Ga 4:30,31

the prince.

45:8; Ps 72:2-4; 78:72; Isa 11:3,4; 32:1,2; Jer 23:5,6


22:27; 1Ki 21:19; Mic 1:1,2; 3:1-3

inheritance out.

Ps 68:18; Joh 10:28; Eph 4:8

my people.


the entry.This entry was at the west side of the north gate of the inner court.

40:44-46; 42:9; 44:4, 5

a place.This place was at the west corners of the inner court, or court of the priests; where they prepared the most holy things, the trespass and sin offering, which none but the priests might eat; that they might not "bear them out into the utter court, to sanctify the people," that is, by touching them incapacitate them from discharging their ordinary occupations.

boil the trespass.

44:29; 1Sa 2:13-15; 2Ch 35:13

bake the meat.

Le 2:4-7; 7:1-38

to sanctify.


in every corner of the court there was a court. Heb. a courtin the corner of a court; and a court in a corner of a court.


courts.These courts in the corners of the outer court, or court of the people, appear to have been a kind of uncovered apartments, surrounded with little chambers for the cooks, and used for dressing the peace offerings of the people. On these their families and friends feasted; and portions were sent to the poor, the widow, and the orphan; and thus the spirit of devotion preserved the spirit of mercy, charity, and benevolence, in the land.

joined. or, made with chimneys. corners. Heb. cornered.



20; Mt 24:45; Joh 21:15-17; 1Pe 5:2
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