Gate for the Prince
1 Then He brought° me back° by the way° of the aouter° gate° of the sanctuary°, which faces° the east°; and it was shut°. 2 The LORD° said° to me, “This° gate° shall be shut°; it shall not be opened°, and no° one° shall enter° by it, for the aLORD° God° of Israel° has entered° by it; therefore it shall be shut°. 3 As for the aprince°, he shall sit° in it as prince° to beat° bread° before° the LORD°; he shall center° by way° of the dporch° of the gate° and shall go° out Iby the same way°.”
 aEzk 40:6, 17; 42:14
 aEzk 43:2-4
 ILit by his way aEzk 34:24; 37:25 bGn 31:54; Ex 24:9-11 cEzk 46:2, 8-10 dEzk 40:9
4 ¶ Then He brought° me by way° of the anorth° gate° to the front° of the house°; and I looked°, and behold°, the bglory° of the LORD° filled° the house° of the LORD°, and I cfell° on my face°. 5 The LORD° said° to me, “Son° of man°, Iamark° well°, see° with your eyes° and hear° with your ears° all° that I say° to you concerning all° the bstatutes° of the house° of the LORD° and concerning all° its laws°; and Imark° well° the entrance° of the house°, with all° exits° of the sanctuary°. 6 You shall say° to the Iarebellious° ones°, to the house° of Israel°, ‘Thus° says° the Lord° IIGOD°, “bEnough° of all° your abominations°, O house° of Israel°, 7 when you brought° in aforeigners°°, buncircumcised° in heart° and uncircumcised° in flesh°, to be in My sanctuary° to profane° it, [even] My house°, when you coffered° My food°, the fat° and the blood°; for they dmade° My covenant° void°[this] in addition° to all° your abominations°. 8 And you have not akept° charge° of My holy° things° yourselves, but you have set° [foreigners] Ito keep° charge° of My sanctuary°.”
 aEzk 40:20, 40 bIs 6:3, 4; Ezk 1:28; 3:23; 43:4, 5; Hg 2:7 cEzk 1:28; 43:3
 ILit set your heart on aDt 32:46; Ezk 40:4 bDt 12:32; Ezk 43:10, 11
 ILit rebellion IIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aEzk 2:5-7; 3:9 bEzk 45:9; 1P 4:3
 aEx 12:43-49 bLv 26:41; Dt 10:16; Jr 4:4; 9:26 cLv 22:25 dGn 17:14
 ILit as keepers of My charge in My aLv 22:2; Nu 18:7
9 ¶ ‘Thus° says° the Lord° GOD°, “aNo°° foreigner°° uncircumcised° in heart° and uncircumcised° in flesh°, of all° the foreigners°° who° are among° the sons° of Israel°, shall enter° My sanctuary°. 10 But the Levites° who° went° far° from Me when Israel° went° astray°, who° awent° astray° from Me after° their idols°, shall bbear° the punishment° for their iniquity°. 11 Yet they shall be aministers° in My sanctuary°, having boversight° at the gates° of the house° and cministering° in the house°; they shall dslaughter° the burnt° offering° and the sacrifice° for the people°, and they shall estand° before° them to minister° to them. 12 Because°° they ministered° to them abefore° their idols° and became° a bstumbling° block° of iniquity° to the house° of Israel°, therefore°° I have Icsworn°° against° them,” declares° the Lord° GOD°, “that they shall dbear° [the punishment° for] their iniquity°. 13 And they shall anot come° near° to Me to serve° as a priest° to Me, nor° come° near° to any° of My holy° things°, to the things° that are most° holy°; but they will bbear° their shame° and their abominations° which° they have committed°. 14 Yet I will Iappoint° them IIto akeep° charge° of the house°, of all° its service° and of all° that shall be done° in it.
 aEzk 44:7; Jol 3:17; Zc 14:21
 a2K 23:8, 9; Ezk 22:26; 44:12 bNu 18:23
 aNu 3:5-37; 4:1-33; 18:2-7 b1Ch 26:1-19 cEzk 40:45; 44:14 d2Ch 29:34; 30:17 eNu 16:9
 ILit lifted up My hand a2K 16:10-16 bEzk 14:3, 4 cEzk 20:15, 23 dEzk 44:10
 aNu 18:3 bEzk 16:61, 63; 39:26
 ILit give IILit keepers of the charge aNu 18:4; 1Ch 23:28-32; Ezk 44:11
Ordinances for the Levites
15 ¶ “But the aLevitical° priests°, the sons° of bZadok°, who° ckept° charge° of My sanctuary° when the sons° of Israel° dwent° astray° from Me, shall come° near° to Me to minister° to Me; and they shall estand° before° Me to offer° Me the ffat° and the blood°,” declares° the Lord° GOD°. 16 “They shall aenter° My sanctuary°; they shall come° near° to My btable° 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 alinen° garments°; and wool° shall not Ibe on them while they are ministering° in the gates° of the inner° court° and in the house°. 18 Linen° aturbans° shall be on their heads° and blinen° undergarments° shall be on their loins°; they shall not gird° themselves with [anything which makes them] sweat°. 19 When they go° out into the outer° court°, into the outer° court° to the people°, they shall aput° off° their garments° in which° they have been ministering° and lay° them in the holy° chambers°; then they shall put° on other° garments° so° that they will bnot transmit° holiness° to the people° with their garments°. 20 Also they shall anot shave° their heads°, yet they shall not blet their locks° Igrow° long°; they shall only° trim° [the hair of] their heads°. 21 aNor° shall any° of the priests° drink° wine° when they enter° the inner° court°. 22 And they shall not Imarry° a widow° or a adivorced° woman but shall btake° virgins° from the offspring° of the house° of Israel°, or a widow° who° is the widow° of a priest°. 23 Moreover, they shall teach° My people° [the] a[difference] between° the holy° and the profane°, and cause them to discern° between° the unclean° and the clean°. 24 In a dispute° athey shall take° their stand° to judge°; they shall judge° it according to My ordinances°. They shall also keep° My laws° and My statutes° in all° My bappointed° feasts° and csanctify° My sabbaths°. 25 IaThey shall not go° to a dead° person° to defile° [themselves]; however°°, for father°, for mother°, for son°, for daughter°, for brother°, or for a sister° who° has not had° a husband°, they may defile° themselves. 26 After° he is acleansed°, seven° days° shall Ielapse° for him. 27 On the day° that he goes° into the sanctuary°, into the ainner° court° to minister° in the sanctuary°, he shall offer° his bsin° offering°,” declares° the Lord° GOD°.
 aJr 33:18-22 bEzk 40:46; 43:19; 48:11 cNu 18:7; Ezk 40:45 dEzk 44:10; 48:11 eZc 3:1, 7 fLv 3:16, 17; 17:5, 6; Ezk 44:7
 aNu 18:5, 7, 8 bEzk 41:22; Mal 1:7, 12
 ILit come upon aEx 28:42, 43; 39:27-29; Rv 19:8
 aEx 28:40; Is 3:20; Ezk 24:17, 23 bEx 28:42; Lv 16:4
 aLv 6:10; 16:4, 23, 24; Ezk 42:14 bLv 6:27; Ezk 46:20
 IOr hang loose aLv 21:5 bNu 6:5
 aLv 10:9
 ILit take as wives for themselves aLv 21:7, 14 bLv 21:13
 aLv 10:10; Ezk 22:26; Ho 4:6; Mi 3:9-11; Zp 3:4; Hg 2:11-13; Mal 2:6-8
 aDt 17:8, 9; 19:17; 21:5; 1Ch 23:4; 2Ch 19:8-10 bLv 23:2, 4, 44 cEzk 20:12, 20
 ILit He aLv 21:1-4
 ILit be counted aNu 19:13-19
 aEzk 44:17 bLv 5:3, 6; Nu 6:9-11
28 ¶ “And it shall be with regard to an inheritance° for them, [that] aI am their inheritance°; and you shall give° them no° possession° in Israel°I am their possession°. 29 They shall aeat° the grain offering°, the sin° offering° and the guilt° offering°; and every° Ibdevoted° thing° in Israel° shall be theirs°°. 30 The first° of all° the afirst° fruits° of every° kind and every° Icontribution° of every° kind, from all° your Icontributions°, shall be for the priests°; you shall also give° to the priest° the bfirst° of your IIdough° to cause a cblessing° to rest° on your house°. 31 The priests° shall not eat° any° bird° or beast° that has adied° a natural° death° or has been torn° to pieces°.
 aNu 18:20; Dt 10:9; 18:1, 2; Jsh 13:33
 IOr dedicated aNu 18:9, 14; Jsh 13:14 bLv 27:21, 28; Nu 18:14
 IOr heave offering(s) IIOr coarse meal aNu 18:12, 13; 2Ch 31:4-6, 10; Ne 10:35-37 bNu 15:20, 21 cMal 3:10
 aLv 22:8; Dt 14:21; Ezk 4:14
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The east gate assigned only to the prince.
1 ¶ Then he brought me backºª² the wayº of the gateº of the outwardº sanctuaryº which lookethºª toward the east;º and it² [was] shut.ºª 2 Then saidºª the LORDº unto² me; This² gateº shall be² shut,ºª it shall not² be opened,ºª and no² manº shall enter¹ª in² by it; because² the LORD,º the Godº of Israel,º hath entered¹ª in² by it, therefore it shall be² shut.ºª 3 [It is]² for the prince;º the prince,º he² shall sitºª in it to eatºª breadº beforeº the LORD;º he shall enterºª by the wayº² of the porchº of [that] gate,º and shall go outºª by the wayº² of the same.
 2Ch 4:9; 20:5; 33:5; Ezk 40:6, 17; 42:14; 43:1, 4; 46:1; Ac 21:28.
 Ex 24:10; Is 6:1; Ezk 43:2.
 Gn 31:54; Ex 24:9; Dt 12:7, 17; 2Ch 23:13; 34:31; Is 23:18; 62:9; Ezk 34:24; 37:25; 40:9; 45:8, 22; 46:2, 8, 18; Zc 6:12; 1Co 10:18; Rv 3:20.
The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary.
4 ¶ Then broughtºª he me the wayº of the northº gateº beforeº² the house:º and I looked,ºª and, behold,² the gloryº of the LORDº filledºª² the houseº of the LORD:º and I fellºª upon² my face.º 5 And the LORDº saidºª unto² me, Sonº of man,º mark¹ª well,º² and beholdºª with thine eyes,º and hearºª with thine earsº² all² that² I² sayºª unto thee concerning all² the ordinancesº of the houseº of the LORD,º and all² the lawsº thereof; and mark¹ª wellº² the entering inº of the house,º with every² going forthº of the sanctuary.º 6 And thou shalt sayºª to² the rebellious,º [even] to² the houseº of Israel,º Thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º O ye houseº of Israel,º let it sufficeº you of² all² your abominations,º 7 In that ye have broughtºª [into my sanctuary] strangers,ºº uncircumcisedº in heart,º and uncircumcisedº in flesh,º to be² in my sanctuary,º to polluteºª it, [even]² my house,º when ye offerºª² my bread,º the fatº and the blood,º and they have brokenºª² my covenantº because¹ of² all² your abominations.º 8 And ye have not² keptºª the chargeº of mine holy things:º but ye have setºª keepersºª of my chargeº in my sanctuaryº for yourselves.
 Gn 17:3; Nu 16:42; Ps 89:7; Is 6:3; Ezk 1:28; 3:23; 10:4, 18; 11:22; 40:20, 40; 43:3, 4; Hg 2:7; Mal 3:1; Rv 1:17.
 Ex 9:21; Dt 12:32; 32:46; 1Ch 22:19; 2Ch 11:16; Ps 96:8; 119:4; Pv 24:32; Ezk 40:4; 43:10; Dn 10:12; Mt 28:20; Ac 8:37.
 Ezk 2:5; 3:9, 26; 45:9; 1P 4:3.
 Gn 17:14; Lv 3:13, 16; 17:11; 21:6, 8, 17, 21; 22:25; 26:15, 41; Dt 10:16; 30:6; 31:16, 20; Is 24:5; 56:6; Jr 4:4; 9:26; 11:10; 31:32; Ezk 7:20; 22:26; 43:7; 44:9; Mal 1:7, 12; Jn 6:52; Ac 7:51; 21:28; Ro 2:28; Col 2:11; He 8:9.
 Lv 22:2; Nu 18:3; 1Ch 23:32; Ezr 8:24; Ezk 40:45; 44:14, 16; Ac 7:53; 1Ti 6:13; 2Ti 4:1.
Idolaters uncapable of the priest's office.
9 ¶ Thus² saithºª the Lordº GOD;º No²² stranger,ºº uncircumcisedº in heart,º nor uncircumcisedº in flesh,º shall enterºª into² my sanctuary,º of any² stranger²² that² [is] amongº the childrenº of Israel.º 10 And²² the Levitesº that² are gone away farºª from²² me, when Israelº went astray,ºª which² went astray² away¹ª from²² me afterº their idols;º they shall even bearºª their iniquity.º 11 Yet they shall be² ministersºª in my sanctuary,º [having] chargeº at² the gatesº of the house,º and ministeringºª² to the house:º they² shall slayºª² the burnt offeringº and the sacrificeº for the people,º and they² shall standºª beforeº them to ministerºª unto them. 12 Because²² they ministered¹ª unto²² them beforeº their idols,º and caused² the houseº of Israelº to fallº into iniquity;º therefore²² have I lifted upºª mine handº against² them, saithºª the Lordº GOD,º and they shall bearºª their iniquity.º 13 And they shall not² come nearºª unto² me, to do the office of a priestºª unto me, nor to come nearºª to² any² of my holy things,º in² the most holyº [place]: but they shall bearºª their shame,º and their abominationsº which² they have committed.ºª 14 But I will makeºª them keepersºª of the chargeº of the house,º for all² the serviceº thereof, and for all² that² shall be doneºª therein.
 Ps 50:16; 93:5; Ezk 44:7; Jol 3:17; Zc 14:21; Mk 16:16; Jn 3:3; Tit 1:5.
 Gn 4:13; Lv 19:8; Nu 5:31; 2K 23:8; 2Ch 29:4; Ne 9:34; Ps 38:4; Is 53:11; Jr 23:11; Ezk 22:26; 44:15; 48:11; Zp 3:4; 1Ti 5:22.
 Nu 16:9; 18:6; 1Ch 26:1; 2Ch 29:34; 30:17; 35:10; Ezk 40:45; 44:14.
 Dt 32:40; 1S 2:29; 2K 16:10; Ps 106:26; Is 9:16; Ezk 14:3; 20:6, 15, 23, 28; 44:10, 13; Ho 4:6; 5:1; Am 8:7; Mal 2:8; Rv 10:5.
 Nu 18:3; 2K 23:9; Ezk 32:20; 36:7.
 Nu 18:4; 1Ch 23:28.
The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto.
15 ¶ But the priestsº the Levites,º the sonsº of Zadok,º that² keptºª² the chargeº of my sanctuaryº when the childrenº of Israelº went astrayºª from²² me, they² shall come nearºª to² me to ministerºª unto me, and they shall standºª beforeº me to offerºª unto me the fatº and the blood,º saithºª the Lordº GOD:º 16 They² shall enterºª into² my sanctuary,º and they² shall come nearºª to² my table,º to ministerºª unto me, and they shall keepºª² my charge.º
 Lv 3:16; 17:5; Dt 10:8; 1S 2:35; 1K 2:35; Ezk 40:46; 43:19; 44:7, 10; 48:11; Zc 3:1; 1Ti 3:3; 2Ti 2:2; Rv 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14, 22.
 Nu 18:7; Dt 33:8; Ezk 41:22; Mal 1:7, 12; Rv 1:6.
Ordinances for the priests.
17 ¶ And it shall come to pass,² [that] when they enter¹ª in² at² the gatesº of the innerº court,º they shall be clothed¹ª with² linenº garments;º and no² woolº shall comeºª upon² them, whiles they ministerºª in the gatesº of the innerº court,º and within.º 18 They shall have² linenº bonnetsº upon² their heads,º and shall have² linenº breechesº upon² their loins;º they shall not² girdºª [themselves] with any thing that causeth sweat.º 19 And when they go forthºª into² the utterº court,º [even] into² the utterº courtº to² the people,º they shall put offºª² their garmentsº wherein² they² ministered,ºª and lay¹ª² them in the holyº chambers,º and they shall put¹ª on² otherº garments;º and they shall not² sanctifyºª² the peopleº with their garments.º 20 Neither² shall they shaveºª their heads,º nor² suffer their locksº to grow long;ºª they shall only¹ª pollºª² their heads.º 21 Neither² shall any² priestº drinkºª wine,º when they enterºª into² the innerº court.º 22 Neither² shall they takeºª for their wivesº a widow,º nor her that is put away:ºª but²² they shall takeºª maidensº of the seedº² of the houseº of Israel,º or a widowº that² had² a priestº² before. 23 And they shall teachºª my peopleº [the difference] between² the holyº and profane,º and cause them to discernºª between² the uncleanº and the clean.º 24 And in² controversyº they² shall standºª in judgment;ºª [and] they shall judgeºª it according to my judgments:º and they shall keepºª my lawsº and my statutesº in all² mine assemblies;º and they shall hallowºª my sabbaths.º 25 And they shall comeºª at² no² deadºª personº to defileºª themselves: but²² for father,º or for mother,º or for son,º or for daughter,º for brother,º or for sisterº that² hath had² no² husband,º they may defile¹ª themselves.² 26 And afterº he is cleansed,º they shall reckonºª unto him sevenº days.º 27 And in the dayº that he goethºª into² the sanctuary,º unto² the innerº court,º to ministerºª in the sanctuary,º he shall offerºª his sin offering,º saithºª the Lordº GOD.º 28 And it shall be² unto them for an inheritance:º I² [am] their inheritance:º and ye shall giveºª them no² possessionº in Israel:º I² [am] their possession.º 29 They² shall eatºª the meat offering,º and the sin offering,º and the trespass offering;º and every² dedicated thingº in Israelº shall be² theirs. 30 And the firstº of all² the firstfruitsº of all² [things], and every² oblationº of all,² of every²² [sort] of your oblations,º shall be² the priest's:º ye shall also giveºª unto the priestº the firstº of your dough,º that he may cause the blessingº to restºª in² thine house.º 31 The priestsº shall not² eatºª of any thing² that is dead of itself,º or torn,º whether² it be fowlº or² beast.º
 Ex 28:39, 43; 39:27; Lv 16:4; Rv 4:4; 19:8.
 Ex 28:40, 42; 39:28; 1Co 11:4; 14:40.
 Ex 29:37; 30:29; Lv 6:10, 27; Ezk 42:13; 46:20; Mt 23:17; 1Co 3:5.
 Lv 21:5; Nu 6:5; Dt 14:1; 1Co 11:14.
 Lv 10:9; Lk 1:15; 1Ti 3:8; 5:23; Tit 1:7.
 Lv 21:7, 13; Dt 24:1; 1Ti 3:2, 4, 11; Tit 1:6.
 Lv 10:10; Dt 33:10; Ezk 22:26; Ho 4:6; Mi 3:9; Zp 3:4; Hg 2:11; Mal 2:6; 2Ti 2:24; Tit 1:9.
 Lv 23:1; Nu 28:1; Dt 17:8; 1Ch 23:4; 2Ch 19:8; Ezr 2:63; Ne 8:1; Is 58:13; Ezk 22:26; 1Ti 3:15.
 Lv 21:1; 22:4; Mt 8:21; Lk 9:59; 2Co 5:16; 1Th 4:13.
 Nu 6:10; 19:11; He 9:13.
 Lv 4:3; 8:14; Nu 6:9; Ezk 44:17; He 7:26.
 Nu 18:20; Dt 10:9; 18:1; Jsh 13:14, 33; Ezk 45:4; 48:9; 1P 5:2.
 Lv 2:3, 10; 6:14, 26, 29; 7:6; 27:21, 28; Nu 18:9, 14; 1Co 9:13; He 13:10.
 Ex 13:2, 12; 22:29; 23:19; Nu 3:13; 15:19; 18:12, 27; Dt 18:4; 26:10; 2Ch 31:4, 10; Ne 10:35; Pv 3:9; Mal 3:10; Jm 1:18.
 Ex 22:31; Lv 17:15; 22:8; Dt 14:21; Ro 14:20; 1Co 8:13.
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