Ezekiel 43:15
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New International Version
Above that, the altar hearth is four cubits high, and four horns project upward from the hearth.

New Living Translation
The top of the altar, the hearth, rises another 7 feet higher, with a horn rising up from each of the four corners.

English Standard Version
and the altar hearth, four cubits; and from the altar hearth projecting upward, four horns.

New American Standard Bible
"The altar hearth shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth shall extend upwards four horns.

King James Bible
So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The altar hearth is seven feet high, and four horns project upward from the hearth.

International Standard Version
The hearth is to be four cubits high, and four horns are to extend upwards from the hearth.

NET Bible
and the altar hearth, 7 feet, and from the altar hearth four horns projecting upward.

New Heart English Bible
The upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The place where the sacrifices were burned was 7 feet high. There were four horns above it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the hearth shall be four cubits; and from the hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

New American Standard 1977
“And the altar hearth shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth shall extend upwards four horns.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So the altar, of four cubits; and above the altar, four horns.

King James 2000 Bible
So the altar hearth shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and extending upward shall be four horns.

American King James Version
So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

American Standard Version
And the upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Ariel itself was four cubits: and from the Ariel upward were four horns.

Darby Bible Translation
And the upper altar was four cubits; and from the hearth of God and upward were four horns.

English Revised Version
And the upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

Webster's Bible Translation
So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

World English Bible
The upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.

Young's Literal Translation
And the altar is four cubits, and from the altar and upward are four horns.
Study Bible
The Altar of Sacrifice
14"From the base on the ground to the lower ledge shall be two cubits and the width one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge shall be four cubits and the width one cubit. 15"The altar hearth shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth shall extend upwards four horns. 16"Now the altar hearth shall be twelve cubits long by twelve wide, square in its four sides.…
Cross References
Exodus 27:2
"You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.

Leviticus 9:9
Aaron's sons presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood and put some on the horns of the altar, and poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

1 Kings 1:50
And Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, and he arose, went and took hold of the horns of the altar.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

Ezekiel 43:20
'You shall take some of its blood and put it on its four horns and on the four corners of the ledge and on the border round about; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it.
Treasury of Scripture

So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

the altar [heb] Harel, that is, the mountain of God. Probably so called in opposition to the idolatrous high places.

the altar [heb] Ariel, that is, the lion of God.
Rather, `the hearth of God,' from the Arabic {irat}, or {iryat} a hearth, and {ail}, God.

Isaiah 29:1,2,7 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelled! add you year …

four horns

Exodus 27:2 And you shall make the horns of it on the four corners thereof: his …

Leviticus 9:9 And the sons of Aaron brought the blood to him: and he dipped his …

1 Kings 2:28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though …

Psalm 118:27 God is the LORD, which has showed us light: bind the sacrifice with …

Verse 15. - Noteworthy is the word altar, which in this verse renders two distinct Hebrew terms, הַרְאֵל and אֲרִיאֵל, which Gesenius, Hitzig, Ewald, Smend, and others, after the LXX. (τὸ ἀριὴλ), identify as synonymous, and translate by "hearth." But the first can only signify "the mount of God," while the latter may mean either "lion of God" or "hearth of God." Kliefoth, deriving the latter from אָרָה, "to consume," and אַיִכ, "a ram," prefers as its import "ram-devourer;" Hengstenberg, resolving into אַיִל "a ram," and אְרַיִ, "a lion," proposes as its equivalent "ram-lion." i.e. "the lion that consumes the rams for God" - a ten-doting closely allied to that of Kliefoth. In any case, the terms allude to parts of the altar: the second, Ariel (equivalent to the hearth on which God's fire burns), according to Keil, Kliefoth, and the best expositors, meaning the flat surface of the altar; and the first, Harel (conveying the ideas of elevation and sanctity), the base on which it rested. The height of this base was four cubits, while from the hearth projected four horns, as in the altars of the Mosaic tabernacle (Exodus 27:2; Exodus 38:2; Leviticus 4:7, 18; Leviticus 8:15) and Solomonic temple (Psalm 118:27). If the length of these be set down, as Kliefoth suggests, at three cubits, then the whole height of the altar will be in cubits - one for the ground bottom, two for the lower settle, four for the upper, four for the bases of the hearth, with three for the horns, equal to fourteen in all; or, omitting the horns, of which the length is not given, and the altar base, which is distinguished from the altar, ten cubits in all for the altar proper. As to the symbolic import of the "horns," Kurtz, after Hofmaun and Kliefoth, finds this in the idea of elevation, the "horns," as the highest point in the altar, bringing the blood put upon them nearer to God than the sides did the blood sprinkled on them (see 'Sacrificial Worship of the Old Testament,' § 13); Keil, after Bahr, in the notions of strength, beauty, and blessing, the horns of an animal being the points in which its power, grace, and fullness of life are concentrated, and therefore fitting emblems of those points in the altar in which appears "its significance as a place of the revelation of Divine might and strength, of Divine salvation and blessing" ('Biblische Archaologie,' § 20). So the altar shall be four cubits,.... That is, from the greater settle; so that in the whole it was ten cubits high, the same with Solomon's, 2 Chronicles 4:1 some make this to be eleven cubits high, one higher than Solomon's; it is here called "Harel", the mountain of God, because it looked like a mountain in the court, for its size: it was on a mountain our Lord was offered up a sacrifice for the sins of his people; and which was far superior to all other sacrifices, and for more persons than those sacrifices offered up on the altar of burnt offerings.

And from the altar and upward shall be four horns; or, "from Ariel" (x); which was the focus or hearth where the wood was laid, and the fire kindled, called "Ariel"; which some render the lion of God, because, as the Jewish Rabbins (y) say, the fire of the altar lay upon it in the form of a lion; or rather, because like a lion it devoured the sacrifices: this name of the altar agrees well with Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah; who was strong to bear the sins of men, and the wrath of God for them, whereby they are no more; though it rather signifies the fire of God, which consumed the sacrifice, and denoted the wrath of God on Christ, and also the divine acceptance of his sacrifice: now from hence and upwards were four horns at the four corners of the altar; which denote the strength of Christ, to save all that come unto God by him, and his being a refuge to them that by faith lay hold upon him; and that he is accessible to persons that come from all parts, from the four corners of the earth.

(x) "ab Hareil", Starckius. (y) Misn. Middot, c. 4. sect. 7. 15. altar—Hebrew, Harel, that is, "mount of God"; denoting the high security to be imparted by it to the restored Israel. It was a high place, but a high place of God, not of idols.

from the altar—literally, "the lion of God," Ariel (in Isa 29:1, "Ariel" is applied to Jerusalem). Menochius supposes that on it four animals were carved; the lion perhaps was the uppermost, whence the horns were made to issue. Gesenius regards the two words as expressing the "hearth" or fireplace of the altar.43:1-27 After Ezekiel had surveyed the temple of God, he had a vision of the glory of God. When Christ crucified, and the things freely given to us of God, through Him, are shown to us by the Holy Ghost, they make us ashamed for our sins. This frame of mind prepares us for fuller discoveries of the mysteries of redeeming love; and the whole of the Scriptures should be opened and applied, that men may see their sins, and repent of them. We are not now to offer any atoning sacrifices, for by one offering Christ has perfected for ever those that are sanctified, Heb 10:14; but the sprinkling of his blood is needful in all our approaches to God the Father. Our best services can be accepted only as sprinkled with the blood which cleanses from all sin.
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