Ezekiel 44:1
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New International Version
Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut.

New Living Translation
Then the man brought me back to the east gateway in the outer wall of the Temple area, but it was closed.

English Standard Version
Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east. And it was shut.

New American Standard Bible
Then He brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut.

King James Bible
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The man then brought me back toward the sanctuary's outer gate that faced east, and it was closed.

International Standard Version
Then the Lord GOD brought me back through the east-facing outer gate of the sanctuary. But it was shut.

NET Bible
Then he brought me back by way of the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces east, but it was shut.

New Heart English Bible
Then he brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looks toward the east; and it was shut.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the man took me back to the outer east gate of the holy place, and the gate was shut.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then he brought me back the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

New American Standard 1977
Then He brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he brought me back toward the outer gate of the sanctuary which looks toward the east; and it was shut.

King James 2000 Bible
Then he brought me back to the gate of the outer sanctuary which faces toward the east; and it was shut.

American King James Version
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looks toward the east; and it was shut.

American Standard Version
Then he brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut.

Darby Bible Translation
And he brought me back toward the outer gate of the sanctuary which looked toward the east; and it was shut.

English Revised Version
Then he brought me back the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh towards the east; and it was shut.

World English Bible
Then he brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looks toward the east; and it was shut.

Young's Literal Translation
And he causeth me to turn back the way of the gate of the outer sanctuary that is looking eastward, and it is shut.
Study Bible
East Gate Assigned to the Prince
1Then He brought me back by the way of the 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 LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 9:18
being stationed until now at the king's gate to the east). These were the gatekeepers for the camp of the sons of Levi.

Ezekiel 40:6
Then he went to the gate which faced east, went up its steps and measured the threshold of the gate, one rod in width; and the other threshold was one rod in width.

Ezekiel 40:17
Then he brought me into the outer court, and behold, there were chambers and a pavement made for the court all around; thirty chambers faced the pavement.

Ezekiel 42:14
"When the priests enter, then they shall not go out into the outer court from the sanctuary without laying there their garments in which they minister, for they are holy. They shall put on other garments; then they shall approach that which is for the people."

Ezekiel 43:1
Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing toward the east;

Ezekiel 46:1
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "The gate of the inner court facing east shall be shut the six working days; but it shall be opened on the sabbath day and opened on the day of the new moon.
Treasury of Scripture

Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looks toward the east; and it was shut.

the outward. So called in opposition to the temple itself, which was the inner sanctuary.

Ezekiel 40:6,17 Then came he to the gate which looks toward the east, and went up …

Ezekiel 42:14 When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the …

2 Chronicles 4:9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, …

2 Chronicles 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, …

2 Chronicles 33:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts …

Acts 21:28-30 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teaches all …

looketh

Ezekiel 43:1,4 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east…

Ezekiel 46:1 Thus said the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looks toward …

XLIV.

The altar being consecrated, the next thing is to provide for the purity of the worship of which it is the centre. The pollutions of former times had been largely introduced by the princes, and by the Levites and priests; and these classes are therefore treated of in this chapter. Only three verses are here given to the prince, since he is to be spoken of at greater length hereafter, and the rest of the chapter is occupied with directions as to the exclusion of strangers, and the duties of the Levites and priests.

(1) The gate of the outward sanctuary.--This is better rendered, the outer gate of the sanctuary. The prophet had been in the inner court, or court of the priests, where the altar stood, and is now brought back to the eastern gate of the outer court. He finds it shut, as it was ordinarily to remain; but with the exceptions mentioned in Ezekiel 44:3, and in Ezekiel 46

Verses 1-3. - The relation of the prince to the sanctuary. Verse 1. - The gate of the outward sanctuary, the outer gate of the sanctuary (Revised Version) - which looketh toward the east. To this door the prophet was conducted back, by way of the inner north or south gate, from the inner court, in which he had received the measurements of the altar and the instructions for its consecration (Ezekiel 43:5). Whether Ezekiel stood upon the outside of this door as in Ezekiel 43:1, or upon its inside, cannot as yet be determined; but in either ease he observed that it was shut - again, whether on the east side towards the temple precincts, or on the west towards the outer court, is not mentioned, and cannot at this stage be decided. What led the seer to notice that the gate was closed was probably the circumstance that the last time he stood beside it it was open (Ezekiel 43:1), though proof cannot be given that he passed through it (Ezekiel 43:5), conjoined with the fact that it formed the principal entrance to the temple, and as such had been described to him and measured (Ezekiel 40:6). Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary,.... The prophet was brought by his divine guide, from the altar of burnt offerings, which stood before the house, where he had given him the dimensions of it, and the ordinances concerning it, to the temple or holy place, called the outward sanctuary, in distinction from the inward sanctuary, or holy of holies; and to one of the gates of it, which was a gate of the inner court:

and which looketh toward the east: the eastern gate, and was the same he had been at before, and therefore is said to be brought back the way of it; see Ezekiel 43:1,

and it was shut; when he was there before, it was open; for he saw the glory of the Lord enter into the house by the way of it; but now it was shut, and for that reason, because he had entered into it; signifying, among other things, that he would never return, or remove from thence any more. The Misnic doctors (d) interpret this of one of the little doors to the great gate of the temple, that had two little doors, one in the north, the other in the south; that which was in the south no man ever entered in by, and this they say is understood here; but it is not a little door, but a gate here spoken of, and that the eastern one; of which more in the following verses.

(d) Misna Middot, c. 4. sect. 2.CHAPTER 44

Eze 44:1-31. Ordinances for the Prince and the Priests.44:1-31 This chapter contains ordinances relative to the true priests. The prince evidently means Christ, and the words in ver. 2, may remind us that no other can enter heaven, the true sanctuary, as Christ did; namely, by virtue of his own excellency, and his personal holiness, righteousness, and strength. He who is the Brightness of Jehovah's glory entered by his own holiness; but that way is shut to the whole human race, and we all must enter as sinners, by faith in his blood, and by the power of his grace.
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