Ezekiel 43:26
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New International Version
For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; thus they will dedicate it.

New Living Translation
Do this each day for seven days to cleanse and make atonement for the altar, thus setting it apart for holy use.

English Standard Version
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it.

New American Standard Bible
'For seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

King James Bible
Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it. In this way they will consecrate it

International Standard Version
For a seven day period they are to make atonement for the altar, purifying it and consecrating it.

NET Bible
For seven days they will make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, so they will consecrate it.

New Heart English Bible
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For seven days the priests should make peace with the LORD at the altar, purify it, and consecrate it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; so shall they consecrate it.

New American Standard 1977
‘For seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seven days shall they atone the altar, and they shall cleanse it; and they shall extend their hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

American King James Version
Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

American Standard Version
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seven days shall they expiate the altar, and shall cleanse it: and they shall consecrate it.

Darby Bible Translation
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it, and consecrate it.

English Revised Version
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

World English Bible
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.

Young's Literal Translation
Seven days they purify the altar, and have cleansed it, and filled their hand.
Study Bible
The Altar Consecrated
25'For seven days you shall prepare daily a goat for a sin offering; also a young bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be prepared. 26For seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it. 27'When they have completed the days, it shall be that on the eighth day and onward, the priests shall offer your burnt offerings on the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you,' declares the Lord GOD."…
Cross References
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.

Ezekiel 43:22
On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering, and they shall cleanse the altar as they cleansed it with the bull.

Ezekiel 43:25
'For seven days you shall prepare daily a goat for a sin offering; also a young bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be prepared.

Ezekiel 43:27
'When they have completed the days, it shall be that on the eighth day and onward, the priests shall offer your burnt offerings on the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you,' declares the Lord GOD."

Ezekiel 45:18
Thus says the Lord GOD, "In the first month, on the first of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary.
Treasury of Scripture

Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

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Leviticus 8:34 As he has done this day, so the LORD has commanded to do, to make …

consecrate themselves [heb] fill their hands

Exodus 29:24 And you shall put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of …

Exodus 32:29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even …

(26) Shall consecrate themselves.--Our version has here followed the Masoretic emendation of the text; the literal translation of the text itself is, shall fill its hand, referring to the altar. To "fill the hand" is a synonym for consecration, commonly applied to the priests, who were consecrated by placing in their hands the gifts they were to offer to God. Here it is better to keep to the text as it stands, "filling the hand of the altar" being a strong figurative expression to denote that it shall always be supplied with sacrificial gifts. Nothing is said throughout the passage of the consecration of the priests, the whole family of Aaron having been consecrated once for all by the ceremonies of Leviticus 8.

Verse 26. - They shall purge the altar. Smend thinks it strange that only the purification of the altar should be mentioned here, while that of the sanctuary is referred to later (Ezekiel 45:18), and finds in this an explanation (at least, perhaps) of the fact that in Exodus 29:36 only the consecration of the Mosaic altar - not of the Mosaic tabernacle - is reported. He conceives it likely that the author of Exodus 29:36 copied Ezekiel, but does not explain why Ezekiel may not have copied the author of Exodus 29:36. And they shall consecrate themselves; more correctly, they - i.e. the priests - shall consecrate it; literally, fill its hand. The phrase, מִלֵּאיָד, "to fill one's hand," sc. with gifts, occurs with reference to Jehovah (Exodus 32:29; 1 Chronicles 29:5; 2 Chronicles 29:31). It is also employed in the sense of filling the hand of another, as e.g. of a priest, with sacrificial gifts, when he is instituted into his sacred office (Exodus 28:41; Exodus 29:9; Leviticus 21:10; comp, Leviticus 8:27). Here the hand to be filled is that of the altar, which is personified for the purpose (compare the use of the terms "bosom" and "lip" in connection with the altar). The meaning is that the altar, at its consecration, should have a plentiful supply of gifts, to symbolize that the offering of such gifts was the work for which it was set apart, and that it should never be without them. Seven days shall they purge the altar, and purify it,.... Which denotes the perfect purity and sanctification of it; which how to be applied to Christ; see Gill on Ezekiel 43:20;

and they shall consecrate themselves: the priests shall consecrate themselves, or devote themselves to the service of the altar; so Gospel ministers to the ministry of a crucified Christ: or they themselves should consecrate the altar by the above rites: or rather it may be literally rendered,

and they shall fill its hands, or "their own hands" (b); that is, either they shall fill the sides of the altar with sacrifices, as much as it could hold; or the hands of the priests with parts of the sacrifice, or with gifts, as a token of their being inaugurated into, and invested with, the priestly office: so Gospel ministers should have their hands full of, or be filled with, the gifts and graces of the Spirit, and with the knowledge of Christ, his person, offices, grace, righteousness, and sacrifice, that they may minister unto others.

(b) There is a double reading of the words; the Cetib or textual reading is "its hand"; the Keri or marginal reading is "their own hands". 26. Seven days—referring to the original directions of Moses for seven days' purification services of the altar (Ex 29:37).

consecrate themselves—literally, "fill their hands," namely, with offerings; referring to the mode of consecrating a priest (Ex 29:24, 35).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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