Ezekiel Chapter 45 |
1When you allot the land as an inheritance, you shall set aside from the land, as a gift sacred to the Lord, an area 25,000 [cubits] long and 10,000 wide: this shall be holy through its entire extent. 2Of this, a square measuring a full 500 by 500 shall be reserved for the Sanctuary, and 50 cubits for an open space all around it. 3Of the aforesaid area, you shall measure off, as most holy and destined to include the Sanctuary, [a space] 25,000 long by 10,000 wide; 4it is a sacred portion of the land; it shall provide space for houses for the priests, the ministrants of the Sanctuary who are qualified to minister to the Lord, as well as holy ground for the Sanctuary. 5Another ace], 25,000 long by 10,000 wide, shall be the property of the Levites, the servants of the Temple—twenty chambers. 6Alongside the sacred reserve, you shall set aside [a space] 25,000 long by 5,000 wide, as the property of the city; it shall belong to the whole House of Israel. 7And to the prince shall belong, on both sides of the sacred reserve and the property of the city and alongside the sacred reserve and the property of the city, on the west extending westward and on the east extending eastward, a portion corresponding to one of the [tribal] portions that extend from the western border to the eastern border 8of the land. That shall be his property in Israel; and My princes shall no more defraud My people, but shall leave the rest of the land to the several tribes of the House of Israel.
9Thus said the Lord God: Enough, princes of Israel! Make an end of lawlessness and rapine, and do what is right and just! Put a stop to your evictions of My people—declares the Lord God. 10Have honest balances, an honest ephah, and an honest bath. 11The ephah and the bath shall comprise the same volume, the bath a tenth of a homer and the ephah a tenth of a homer; their capacity shall be gauged by the homer. 12And the shekel shall weigh 20 gerahs. 20 shekels, 25 shekels [and] 10 plus 5 shekels shall count with you as a mina.
13This is the contribution you shall make: One-sixth of an ephah from every homer of wheat and one-sixth of an ephah from every homer of barley, 14while the due from the oil—the oil being measured by the bath—shall be one-tenth of a bath from every kor.—As 10 baths make a homer, so 10 baths make a homer.— 15And [the due] from the flock shall be one animal from every 200. [All these shall be contributed] from Israel’s products for meal offerings, burnt offerings, and offerings of well-being, to make expiation for them—declares the Lord God. 16In this contribution, the entire population must join with the prince in Israel.
17But the burnt offerings, the meal offerings, and the libations on festivals, new moons, sabbaths—all fixed occasions—of the House of Israel shall be the obligation of the prince; he shall provide the sin offerings, the meal offerings, the burnt offerings, and the offerings of well-being, to make expiation for the House of Israel.
18Thus said the Lord God: On the first day of the first month, you shall take a bull of the herd without blemish, and you shall cleanse the Sanctuary. 19The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering and apply it to the doorposts of the Temple, to the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and to the doorposts of the gate of the inner court. 20You shall do the same on the seventh day of the month to purge the Temple from uncleanness caused by unwitting or ignorant persons.
21On the fourteenth day of the first month you shall have the passover sacrifice; and during a festival of seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten. 22On that day, the prince shall provide a bull of sin offering on behalf of himself and of the entire population; 23and during the seven days of the festival, he shall provide daily—for seven days—seven bulls and seven rams, without blemish, for a burnt offering to the Lord, and one goat daily for a sin offering. 24He shall provide a meal offering of an ephah for each bull and an ephah for each ram, with a hin of oil to every ephah. 25So, too, during the festival of the seventh month, for seven days from the fifteenth day on, he shall provide the same sin offerings, burnt offerings, meal offerings, and oil.