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Ezekiel 44

The east gate assigned only to the prince.

Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me towarde the gate of the outwarde Sanctuarie, which turneth towarde the East, and it was shut. Ezekiel 44:2 Then saide the Lorde vnto me, This gate shalbe shut, and shall not bee opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lorde God of Israel hath entred by it, and it shalbe shut. Ezekiel 44:3 It appertaineth to the Prince: the Prince himselfe shall sit in it to eate bread before the Lorde: he shall enter by the way of the porche of that gate, & shal go out by the way of the same.

The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary.

Ezekiel 44:4 Then brought he mee toward the North gate before the House: and when I looked, beholde, the glorie of the Lorde filled the house of the Lorde, and I fell vpon my face. Ezekiel 44:5 And the Lord sayd vnto me, Sonne of man, marke wel, & behold with thine eyes, & heare with thine eares, all that I say vnto thee, concerning al the ordinances of the house of the Lord, & al the lawes thereof, & marke well the entring in of the house with euery going forth of the Sanctuarie, Ezekiel 44:6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, euen to ye house of Israel, Thus saith ye Lord God, O house of Israel, ye haue ynough of al your abominatios, Ezekiel 44:7 Seeing that yee haue brought into my Sanctuarie strangers, vncircumcised in heart, and vncircumcised in flesh, to bee in my Sanctuarie, to pollute mine house, when yee offer my bread, euen fat, and blood: and they haue broken my couenant, because of all your abominations. Ezekiel 44:8 For yee haue not kept the ordinances of mine holy things: but you your selues haue set other to take the charge of my Sanctuarie.

Idolaters uncapable of the priest's office.

Ezekiel 44:9 Thus saieth the Lord God, No stranger vncircumcised in heart, nor vncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my Sanctuarie, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel, Ezekiel 44:10 Neither yet ye Leuites that are gone backe from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray from thee after their idoles, but they shal beare their iniquitie. Ezekiel 44:11 And they shall serue in my Sanctuarie, and keepe the gates of the House, and minister in the House: they shall slay the burnt offring and the sacrifice for the people: and they shall stand before them to serue them. Ezekiel 44:12 Because they serued before their idoles, & caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquitie, therfore haue I lift vp mine had against the, saith the Lord God, and they shal beare their iniquity, Ezekiel 44:13 And they shal not come neere vnto me to do ye office of ye Priest vnto me, neyther shal they come neere vnto any of mine holy things in the most holy place, but they shall beare their shame & their abominatios, which they haue comitted. Ezekiel 44:14 And I will make them keepers of ye watch of the House, for all the seruice thereof, and for all that shalbe done therein.

The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto.

Ezekiel 44:15 But the Priests of the Leuites, the sonnes of Zadok, that kept the charge of my Sanctuarie, when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come neere to me to serue me, and they shall stande before me to offer me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel 44:16 They shall enter into my Sanctuarie, and shall come neere to my table, to serue me, and they shall keepe my charge.

Ordinances for the priests.

Ezekiel 44:17 And whe they shal enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments, & no wool shall come vpon the while they serue in ye gates of the inner court, & within. Ezekiel 44:18 They shall haue linnen bonets vpon their heades, and shall haue linnen breeches vpon their loynes: they shall not girde them selues in the sweating places. Ezekiel 44:19 But when they goe foorth into the vtter court, euen to the vtter court to the people, they shall put off their garments, wherein they ministred, and lay them in the holy chambers, & they shall put on other garments: for they shall not sanctifie the people with their garments. Ezekiel 44:20 They shall not also shaue their heades, nor suffer their lockes to growe long, but rounde their heades. Ezekiel 44:21 Neither shall any Priest drinke wine when they enter into the inner court. Ezekiel 44:22 Neither shall they take for their wiues a widowe, or her that is diuorced: but they shall take maidens of the seede of the house of Israel, or a widow that hath bene the widow of a Priest. Ezekiel 44:23 And they shal teach my people the differece betweene the holy and prophane, & cause them to discerne betweene the vncleane & the cleane. Ezekiel 44:24 And in controuersie they shall stande to iudge, and they shall iudge it according to my iudgements: and they shall keepe my lawes and my statutes in all mine assemblies, and they shall sanctifie my Sabbaths. Ezekiel 44:25 And they shal come at no dead person to defile theselues, except at their father, or mother, or sone, or daughter, brother or sister, that hath had yet none husband: in these may they be defiled. Ezekiel 44:26 And when he is clensed, they shall reckon vnto him seuen dayes. Ezekiel 44:27 And when he goeth into ye Sanctuarie vnto the inner court to minister in the Sanctuarie, he shall offer his sinne offring, saith ye Lord God. Ezekiel 44:28 And the Priesthood shall bee their inheritance, yea, I am their inheritance: therefore shall ye giue them no possessio in Israel, for I am their possession. Ezekiel 44:29 They shall eate the meat offring, and the sinne offring, and the trespas offring, and euery dedicate thing in Israel shal be theirs. Ezekiel 44:30 And all the first of all the first borne, & euery oblation, euen all of euery sort of your oblations shall be the Priestes. Ye shal also giue vnto the Priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house. Ezekiel 44:31 The Priests shal not eate of any thing, that is dead, or torne, whether it be foule or beast.

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