Ezekiel 44:16
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New International Version
They alone are to enter my sanctuary; they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and serve me as guards.

New Living Translation
They alone will enter my sanctuary and approach my table to serve me. They will fulfill all my requirements.

English Standard Version
They shall enter my sanctuary, and they shall approach my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge.

King James Bible
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are the ones who may enter My sanctuary and draw near to My table to serve Me. They will keep My mandate.

International Standard Version
"They are to enter my sanctuary, approach my table to minister to me, and carry out my requirements.

NET Bible
They will enter my sanctuary, and approach my table to minister to me; they will keep my charge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They may enter my holy place, come near my table to serve me, and take care of everything I gave them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

American King James Version
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.

American Standard Version
they shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and to keep my ceremonies.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall approach unto my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

English Revised Version
they shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.

World English Bible
they shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my instruction.

Young's Literal Translation
they come in unto My sanctuary, and they draw near unto My table to serve Me, and they have kept My charge.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They shall enter into my sanctuary,.... Both to officiate, and to participate, which strangers and uncircumcised persons might not do, Ezekiel 44:9,

and they shall come near to my table to minister unto me; which some understand of the altar of burnt offering, which was as a table, and the sacrifice on it was the food of the Lord, Leviticus 3:11, others, the altar of incense; see Ezekiel 41:22. Kimchi interprets it of the table of shewbread; but, whatever is meant in the letter, the mystical sense is, the ordinance of the Lord's supper, called the Lord's table, 1 Corinthians 10:21, a table richly spread, and well furnished with spiritual provision: here Christ himself sits, bids his people welcome, eats with them, and they with him; and here all the saints are guests, and ministers in particular officiate:

and they shall keep my charge; continue to do so; for this they did before, Ezekiel 44:15, but now should be confirmed in their office, and never be displaced, as others; they that honour God he will honour, 1 Samuel 2:30.



Ezekiel 44:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rules for the Levites
15"But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood," declares the Lord GOD. 16"They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge. 17"It shall be that when they enter at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and wool shall not be on them while they are ministering in the gates of the inner court and in the house.…
Cross References
Numbers 18:5
"You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again.

Numbers 18:7
But only you and your sons may serve as priests in connection with everything at the altar and inside the curtain. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift. Anyone else who comes near the sanctuary is to be put to death."

Ezekiel 23:41
You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and olive oil that belonged to me.

Ezekiel 41:22
There was a wooden altar three cubits high and two cubits square; its corners, its base and its sides were of wood. The man said to me, "This is the table that is before the LORD."

Malachi 1:7
"By offering defiled food on my altar. "But you ask, 'How have we defiled you?' "By saying that the LORD's table is contemptible.

Malachi 1:12
"But you profane it by saying, 'The Lord's table is defiled,' and, 'Its food is contemptible.'
Treasury of Scripture

They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.

They shall enter

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be …

to my table To place the shew-bread there. It is observable, that the table in the sanctuary is mentioned rather than the altar of incense; perhaps intimating the change in the external institutions of Divine worship which should take place before the accomplishment of the prophecy. It is not easy to determine, whether any external regulations, with respect to Divine ordinances, answerable to these predictions, will be made among the converted Jews, when reinstated in their own land, or not.

Ezekiel 41:22 The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two …

Malachi 1:7,12 You offer polluted bread on my altar; and you say, Wherein have we …

keep

Numbers 18:7,8 Therefore you and your sons with you shall keep your priest's office …

Deuteronomy 33:8-10 And of Levi he said, Let your Thummim and your Urim be with your …

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