Ezekiel 44
American Standard Version
East Gate Assigned to the Prince

1Then he brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. 2And Jehovah said unto me, This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, neither shall any man enter in by it; for Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it; therefore it shall be shut. 3As for the prince, he shall sit therein as prince to eat bread before Jehovah; he shall enter by the way of the porch of the gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.

4Then he brought me by the way of the north gate before the house; and I looked, and, behold, the glory of Jehovah filled the house of Jehovah: and I fell upon my face. 5And Jehovah said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of Jehovah, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entrance of the house, with every egress of the sanctuary. 6And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations, 7in that ye have brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to profane it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant, to add unto all your abominations. 8And ye have not kept the charge of my holy things; but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

9Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any foreigners that are among the children of Israel. 10But the Levites that went far from me, when Israel went astray, that went astray from me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. 11Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the house, and ministering in the house: they shall slay the burnt-offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. 12Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and became a stumblingblock of iniquity unto the house of Israel; therefore have I lifted up my hand against them, saith the Lord Jehovah, and they shall bear their iniquity. 13And they shall not come near unto me, to execute the office of priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, unto the things that are most holy; but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. 14Yet will I make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.

Rules for the Levites

15But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me; and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord Jehovah: 16they shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge. 17And it shall be that, when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. 18They shall have linen tires upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causeth'sweat. 19And when they go forth into the outer court, even into the outer court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they minister, and lay them in the holy chambers; and they shall put on other garments, that they sanctify not the people with their garments. 20Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only cut off the hair of their heads. 21Neither shall any of the priests drink wine, when they enter into the inner court. 22Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away; but they shall take virgins of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that is the widow of a priest. 23And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24And in a controversy they shall stand to judge; according to mine ordinances shall they judge it: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all my appointed feasts; and they shall hallow my sabbaths. 25And they shall go in to no dead person to defile themselves; but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves. 26And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days. 27And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, into the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin-offering, saith the Lord Jehovah.

28And they shall have an inheritance: I am their inheritance; and ye shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession. 29They shall eat the meal-offering, and the sin-offering, and the trespass-offering; and every devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs. 30And the first of all the first-fruits of every thing, and every oblation of everything, of all your oblations, shall be for the priest: ye shall also give unto the priests the first of your dough, to cause a blessing to rest on thy house. 31The priests shall not eat of anything that dieth of itself, or is torn, whether it be bird or beast.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. The east gate assigned only to the prince
4. The priests reproved for polluting the sanctuary
9. Idolaters incapable of the priests office
15. The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto
17. Ordinances for the priests
Ezekiel 1: Ezekiel's Prophecy at Kebar

Ezekiel 2: Ezekiel's Call

Ezekiel 3: Ezekiel Eats the Scroll

Ezekiel 4: The Siege of Jerusalem Predicted

Ezekiel 5: Judgment Against Jerusalem

Ezekiel 6: Judgment Against Idolatry

Ezekiel 7: The Hour of Doom

Ezekiel 8: Vision of Idolatry in the Temple

Ezekiel 9: Slaughter of the Idolaters

Ezekiel 10: God's Glory Exits the Temple

Ezekiel 11: Evil in High Places

Ezekiel 12: Signs of the Coming Captivity

Ezekiel 13: The Reproof of False Prophets

Ezekiel 14: Idolatrous Elders Condemned

Ezekiel 15: Jerusalem the Useless Vine

Ezekiel 16: Jerusalem's Unfaithfulness

Ezekiel 17: The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine

Ezekiel 18: An Old Proverb About Israel

Ezekiel 19: Kingly Power Abused

Ezekiel 20: Rebellion in Egypt

Ezekiel 21: The Parable of the Lord's Sword

Ezekiel 22: The Sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 23: The Adultery of Oholah and Aholibah

Ezekiel 24: The Parable of the Cooking Pot

Ezekiel 25: A Prophecy Against Ammon

Ezekiel 26: A Prophecy Against Tyre

Ezekiel 27: A Lament for Tyre

Ezekiel 28: Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

Ezekiel 29: Judgment Against Pharaoh

Ezekiel 30: A Lament for Egypt

Ezekiel 31: Egypt Will Fall Like Assyria

Ezekiel 32: A Lament for Pharaoh King of Egypt

Ezekiel 33: Ezekiel as Israel's Watchman

Ezekiel 34: Prophecy Against Israel's Shepherds

Ezekiel 35: Prophecy Against Mount Seir

Ezekiel 36: Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

Ezekiel 37: The Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 38: Prophecy Against Gog

Ezekiel 39: The Slaughter of Gog's Armies

Ezekiel 40: The Man with a Measuring Rod

Ezekiel 41: The Inner Temple

Ezekiel 42: Chambers for the Priests

Ezekiel 43: The Lord's Glory Returns to the Temple

Ezekiel 44: East Gate Assigned to the Prince

Ezekiel 45: Consecration of the Land

Ezekiel 46: The Prince's Offerings

Ezekiel 47: Waters From Under the Temple

Ezekiel 48: The Portion for the Tribes

Ezekiel 43
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