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.

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.

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.

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Come near to my table - To place the shew-bread there, and to burn incense on the golden altar in the holy of holies.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

They shall enter

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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 cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof...

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

keep

Numbers 18:7,8 Therefore you and your sons with you shall keep your priest's office for everything of the altar, and within the veil...

Deuteronomy 33:8-10 And of Levi he said, Let your Thummim and your Urim be with your holy one, whom you did prove at Massah...

Library
That the Ruler Relax not his Care for the Things that are Within in his Occupation among the Things that are Without, nor Neglect to Provide
The ruler should not relax his care for the things that are within in his occupation among the things that are without, nor neglect to provide for the things that are without in his solicitude for the things that are within; lest either, given up to the things that are without, he fall away from his inmost concerns, or, occupied only with the things that are within bestow not on his neighbours outside himself what he owes them. For it is often the case that some, as if forgetting that they have
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Ezekiel
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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.'

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