Ezekiel 44:8
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New International Version
Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary.

New Living Translation
Instead of safeguarding my sacred rituals, you have hired foreigners to take charge of my sanctuary.

English Standard Version
And you have not kept charge of my holy things, but you have set others to keep my charge for you in my sanctuary.

New American Standard Bible
"And you have not kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary."

King James Bible
And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have not kept charge of My holy things but have appointed others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you."

International Standard Version
Furthermore, you haven't paid attention to the requirements for my holy things. Instead, you placed foreigners in charge of my sanctuary."'

NET Bible
You have not kept charge of my holy things, but you have assigned foreigners to keep charge of my sanctuary for you.

New Heart English Bible
You have not performed the duty of my holy things; but you have set performers of my duty in my sanctuary for yourselves.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You didn't take care of my holy things. You put foreigners in charge of my temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And ye have not kept the charge of My holy things; but ye have set keepers of My charge in My sanctuary to please yourselves.

New American Standard 1977
“And you have not kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye have not kept the charge of my holy things; but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

King James 2000 Bible
And you have not kept charge of my holy things: but you have set others as keepers of my charge in my sanctuary instead of yourselves.

American King James Version
And you have not kept the charge of my holy things: but you have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

American Standard Version
And ye have not kept the charge of my holy things; but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you have not kept the ordinances of my sanctuary: but you have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye have not kept the charge of my holy things, but have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

English Revised Version
And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye have not kept the charge of my holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

World English Bible
You have not performed the duty of my holy things; but you have set performers of my duty in my sanctuary for yourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have not kept the charge of My holy things, and ye set them for keepers of My charge in My sanctuary for you.
Study Bible
East Gate Assigned to the Prince
7when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house, when you offered My food, the fat and the blood; for they made My covenant void-- this in addition to all your abominations. 8"And you have not kept charge of My holy things yourselves, but you have set foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary." 9'Thus says the Lord GOD, "No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the sons of Israel, shall enter My sanctuary.…
Cross References
Leviticus 22:2
"Tell Aaron and his sons to be careful with the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they dedicate to Me, so as not to profane My holy name; I am the LORD.

Numbers 18:7
"But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything concerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a bestowed service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death."
Treasury of Scripture

And you have not kept the charge of my holy things: but you have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

ye have not

Leviticus 22:2 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from …

Numbers 18:3-5 And they shall keep your charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle…

Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

1 Timothy 6:13 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and …

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

charge. or, ward, or ordinance, and so

Ezekiel 44:14,16 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all …

Ezekiel 40:45,46 And he said to me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, …

1 Chronicles 23:22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brothers …

Ezra 8:24-30 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, …

(8) For yourselves.--Comp. 1Kings 12:31.

Verse 8. - Instead of having exercised a holy solicitude for the purity of the temple and the regularity of its rites, by keeping strict watch over the holy things of Jehovah, the house of Israel had set keepers; literally, had set them, i.e. the uncircumcised "strangers" above referred to, as keepers of Jehovah's charge in his sanctuary for themselves, i.e. to please themselves, irrespective altogether of Jehovah's enactments. From this it has been argued, by Wellhausen, Smend, Driver, and others, that the "strangers" above mentioned had been not only allowed access to the outer court as spectators or as worshippers while the priests were offering sacrifice, but admitted to the inner court as assistants to the priests in their altar duties, that this, the employment of these heathen hierodules, had been the special wickedness of which Israel had been guilty, and that henceforward these "foreign ministers" were to be thrust out from their offices, and their places supplied by the about-to-be-degraded Levites. It is, however, doubtful if the phrase, keepers of my charge in the sanctuary, can be made to signify more than has already been expressed by the clause, "to be in my sanctuary... when ye offer my bread" (ver. 7), by which, as Kliefoth and Keil explain, Israel had practically made these strangers "keepers of Jehovah's charge," i.e. observers of the rites of worship prescribed by him, though observers in their way, not in his; if more can be extracted from the words, then the most they can be legitimately made to affirm (as there is no mention of the inner court) is that these "strangers," in addition to obtaining access to the outer court to witness the sacrifices, or perhaps offer such for themselves, had been more or less frequently employed in performing subordinate offices towards the Levites, who were the proper priests' assistants, like the Gibeonites, whom Joshua (Joshua 9:27) made "hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord unto this day," and like the Nethinim, whom, according to Ezra (Ezra 8:20), David and the princes had given for the service of the Levites (see Delitzsch, Luthardt's 'Zeitschrift fur kirchliche Wissenschaft,' 1880, p. 283). (On the phrase, "to keep the charge of Jehovah," as signifying to follow his directions or comply with his prescriptions, see Numbers 9:23.) "In the sanctuary" explains that the prescriptions alluded to were those pertaining to the sanctuary or to the worship of Jehovah. And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things,.... That is, have not kept and retained the holy doctrines of the Gospel; nor observed the holy ordinances of it, as they were first delivered:

but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves; meaning either, that such as were in public office did not attend to it; but were idol shepherds, and left the flock, their care and charge, to others, to surrogates and curates, to do their work for them; while they indulged themselves in sloth and idleness: or that the members and hearers set up preachers for themselves, according to their lusts, agreeable to their own carnal sentiments, without any regard to the will and glory of God. 8. keepers … for yourselves—such as you yourselves thought fit, not such as I approve of. Or else, "Ye have not yourselves kept the charge of My holy things, but have set others as keepers of My charge in My sanctuary for yourselves" [Maurer].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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