Ezekiel 43
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The Glory of the LORD Returns to the Temple

1Then the man brought me back to the gate that faces east, 2and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory.

3The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when He camea to destroy the city, and like the ones I had seen by the River Kebar. I fell facedown, 4and the glory of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east. 5Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

6While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple, 7and He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and by the funeral offeringsb for their kings at their deaths.c 8When they placed their threshold next to My threshold and their doorposts beside My doorposts, with only a wall between Me and them, they defiled My holy name by the abominations they committed. Therefore I have consumed them in My anger. 9Now let them remove far from Me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will dwell among them forever.

10As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities. Let them measure the plan, 11and if they are ashamed of all they have done, then make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement and its exits and entrances—its whole design along with all its statutes, forms, and laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may observe its complete design and all its statutes, and may carry them out.

12This is the law of the temple: All its surrounding territory on top of the mountain will be most holy. Yes, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar of Sacrifice

13These are the measurements of the altar in long cubitsd (a cubit and a handbreadth): Its gutter shall be a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one spane around its edge.

And this is the height of the altar: 14The space from the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge shall be two cubits high and one cubit wide,f and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge shall be four cubits high and one cubit wide.g

15The altar hearth shall be four cubits high, and four horns shall project upward from the hearth. 16The altar hearth shall be square at its four corners, twelve cubitsh long and twelve cubits wide. 17The ledge shall also be square, fourteen cubitsi long and fourteen cubits wide, with a rim of half a cubitj and a gutter of a cubit all around it. The steps of the altar shall face east.”

18Then He said to me: “Son of man, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is constructed, so that burnt offerings may be sacrificed on it and blood may be sprinkled on it: 19You are to give a young bull from the herd as a sin offering to the Levitical priests who are of the family of Zadok, who approach Me to minister before Me, declares the Lord GOD. 20You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and all around the rim; thus you will cleanse the altar and make atonement for it. 21Then you are to take away the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the appointed part of the temple area outside the sanctuary.

22On the second day you are to present an unblemished male goat as a sin offering, and the altar is to be cleansed as it was with the bull. 23When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull and an unblemished ram from the flock. 24You must present them before the LORD; the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the LORD.

25For seven days you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering; you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both unblemished. 26For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; so they shall consecrate it.k 27At the end of these days, from the eighth day on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Lord GOD.’”

Footnotes:

3 a Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts when I came
7 b Or the monuments; also in verse 9
7 c Or at their high places
13 d The long cubit, about 21 inches or 53 centimeters, is the basic unit for linear measurement throughout Ezekiel 40-48.
13 e That is, approximately 9 inches or 22.86 centimeters
14 f Measured in long cubits, that is approximately 3.5 feet high and 1.75 feet wide (1.1 meters high and 53 centimeters wide)
14 g Measured in long cubits, that is approximately 7 feet high and 1.75 feet wide (2.1 meters high and 53 centimeters wide)
16 h Measured in long cubits, that is approximately 21 feet or 6.4 meters
17 i Measured in long cubits, that is approximately 24.5 feet or 7.5 meters
17 j Measured in long cubits, that is approximately 10.5 inches or 26.7 centimeters
26 k Hebrew fill its hand

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