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Ezekiel 43

The returning of the glory of God into the Temple.

Ezekiel 43:1 So he brought me to the dore þt turneth toward the east. Ezekiel 43:2 Behold, then came the glory of the God of Israel from out of þe east, whose voyce was lyke a great noyce of waters, and the earth was lyghtened with his glory. Ezekiel 43:3 His syght to loke vpon was lyke the fyrst, that I sawe when I went in, what tyme as þe cytie shuld haue bene destroyed: and like the visyon þt I sawe by the water of Cobar. Then fell I vpon my face: Ezekiel 43:4 but the glory of the Lord came into the house, thorowe the east dore. Ezekiel 43:5 So a wynde toke me vp, and brought me into the ynnermer court: and beholde, the house was full of the glory of the Lorde. Ezekiel 43:6 I hearde one speaking vnto me out of the house: and there stode one by me,

The sin of Israel hindered God's presence.

Ezekiel 43:7 that sayde vnto me: O thou sonne of man, this rowme is my seate, & the place of my fotsteppes, where as I wyll dwell amonge the children of Israel for euermore: so that the house of Israel shall nomore defyle my holy name: nether they, ner their kynges thorowe theyr whordome, thorowe their hye places, & thorowe the deed bodyes of their kinges: Ezekiel 43:8 which haue builded their thresholdes in maner hard vpon my thresholdes, & their postes almost at my postes: & a wall betwyxte me and them. Thus haue they defyled my holy name wt their abhominations, þt they haue commytted. Wherfore, I haue destroyed them in my wrath. Ezekiel 43:9 But now they shal put awaye their whordome & the deed bodies of their kinges out of my syght, þt I maye dwell among them for euermore.

The prophet exhorteth them to repentance, and observation of the law of the house.

Ezekiel 43:10 Therfore, O þu sonne of man, shewe thou the housholde of Israel a temple, that they maye be ashamed of their wickednes, & measure them selues an example therat. Ezekiel 43:11 And when they be ashamed of all theyr worckes, then shewe them the fourme & fashyon of the temple, the comming in, the goynge out, all the maner and descripcyon therof: yee, all the vses & ordinaunces of it, that they maye kepe and fulfyll all the fashyons and customes therof. Ezekiel 43:12 This is the descripcion of þe house. Aboue, vpon the mount rounde about all the corners, it shalbe þe holyest of all. Beholde, that is the descripcyon and fashyon of the house.

The measures,

Ezekiel 43:13 Thys is the measure of the aultar, after the true cubite: which is a spanne longer then another cubyte, his botome in the middest was a cubite longe and wyde, and the ledge that went rounde about it, was a spanne broade. This is the heyght of the aulter. Ezekiel 43:14 From the ground to the lower steppes, the length is two cubites: and the bredth one cubite: and from the lower steppes to the hygher, are foure cubytes, and the bredth but one cubite. Ezekiel 43:15 The aultar was .iiij. cubytes hye, and from the aultar vpwarde stode .iiij. hornes, Ezekiel 43:16 and it was .xij. cubytes longe and .xij. cubites broade, vpon the foure corners: Ezekiel 43:17 the couering of the aultar was .xiiij. cubites longe & broad vpon the foure corners, and the ledge that went rounde about had halfe a cubite, and þe botome therof rounde about one cubite: hys steppes stode towarde the east.

and the ordinances of the altar.

Ezekiel 43:18 And he sayd vnto me: Thou sonne of man, thus sayth the Lorde God: these are the ordynaunces and lawes of the aultar: in the daye, whan it is made to offer burntofferinges, and to sprenckle bloude therupon. Ezekiel 43:19 To the prestes, to the leuites that be of the sede of Sadoch, and treade before me to do me seruyce, sayeth the Lorde God. Unto these geue thou a yonge bullocke for a synoffering: Ezekiel 43:20 & take the bloude of hym, and sprenckle his foure hornes withall: and the foure corners of the aultar couering, with the ledge that goeth rounde about, herwith shalt thou clense it, and reconcyle it. Ezekiel 43:21 Thou shalte take the bullocke also of the synoffering, and burne him in a seuerall place without the sanctuary. Ezekiel 43:22 The next daye, take a goatbucke, wtout blemysh for a synofferynge, to reconcyle the aultar withall, lyke as it was reconcyled wt the bullocke. Ezekiel 43:23 Nowe whan thou hast made it cleane, then offre a yonge bullocke without blemysh, and a ramme out of the flocke without blemysh also. Ezekiel 43:24 Offer them before the Lord: and let þe preste cast salt therupon, and geue them so vnto the Lord for a burntofferyng. Ezekiel 43:25 Seuen dayes shalt thou brynge euery daye a goatbuck. A yonge bullocke and a ramme of the flocke, both without blemysh, shall they offre. Ezekiel 43:26 Seuen dayes shall they reconcyle and clense the aultar, and offre vpon it. Ezekiel 43:27 When these dayes are expyred, then vpon the eight daye and so forth, the prestes shall offre their burntofferinges and healthofferinges vpon the aultar: so will I be mercyfull vnto you, sayth the Lorde God.

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