The east gate assigned only to the prince.
Ezekiel 44:1 After thys, he brought me agayne to the outwarde dore of the Sanctuary on the East syde and that was shut. Ezekiel 44:2 Then sayde the Lorde vnto me: This dore shall be styll shut, and not opened for enye man to go thorow it, but only for the Lorde God of Israell, yee he shall go thorowe it, els shal it be shut styll. Ezekiel 44:3 The prynce hym selfe shall come thorow it, that he maye eate bread before the Lorde. At the porche shall he come in, and there shall he go out agayne.
The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary.
Ezekiel 44:4 Then brought he me to the dore, vpon the North syde of the house. And as I loked aboute me, beholde, the glory of þe Lord fylled the house: and I fell downe vpon my face. Ezekiel 44:5 So the Lord spake vnto me: O thou sonne of man fasten this to thyne herte, beholde, and take dylygent hede to all that I wyll saye vnto the, concernyng all the ordynaunces of the Lord & all his lawes: pondre wel with thyne herte the commynge in of the house and the goinge forth of the Sanctuarye: Ezekiel 44:6 and tell that obstynate housholde of Israell: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: O house of Israell, ye haue now done ynough withall youre abhomynacyons, Ezekiel 44:7 seynge that ye haue brought in to my Sanctuary straungers, hauynge vncircumcysed hertes and fleshe, where thorow my Sanctuary is defyled, when ye offre me bred, fat, and bloude. Thus with all youre abhomynacyons ye haue broken my couenaunt, Ezekiel 44:8 and not kepte the holy ordinaunces of my Sanctuarye: but set kepers of my Sanctuary, euen after your owne mynde.
Idolaters uncapable of the priest's office.
Ezekiel 44:9 Therfore thus sayeth the Lord God: Of all þe straungers that dwell amonge the chyldren of Israell, no straunger (whose herte & fleshe is not cyrcumcysed) shall come within my Sanctuarye: Ezekiel 44:10 No ner the Leuites that be gone backe frome, and haue dysceyued the people of Israell wyth all erroures, goinge after their ydoles: therfore shall they beare their owne wyckednes. Ezekiel 44:11 Shulde they be set & ordened to mynystre vnder the dores of the house of my Sanctuarye? And to do seruyce in the house: to slaye burntoffringes and sacrifyces for the people: to stande before them, and to serue them: Ezekiel 44:12 seynge the seruyce that they do them, is before their Idoles, and cause the house of Israell to stomble thorowe the wyckednes? For the whych cause I haue pluckte out myne hande ouer them (sayeth the Lorde) so þt now they must beare their owne iniquyte, Ezekiel 44:13 and not to come nye me, to serue me with their presthode, in my Sanctuarye, and moost holyest of all: that they maye beare their owne shame & abhomynacyons, which they haue done. Ezekiel 44:14 Shulde I vse them to be porters of the house, and to all the seruyce that is done therin?
The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto.
Ezekiel 44:15 But the Prestes the Leuytes the sonnes of Sadoch, that kepte the holye ordynaunces of my Sanctuarye, when the chyldren of Israell were gone fro me: shall come to me, to do me seruyce, to stande before me, & to offre me the fat & the bloude, sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 44:16 They shall go in to my Sanctuarye, and treade before my table, to do me seruice, and to wayte vpon myne ordynaunces.
Ordinances for the priests.
Ezekiel 44:17 Now when they go in at the dores of the ynnermer court: they shal put on lynen clothes, so that no wollyne come vpon them: whyle they do seruyce vnder the dores of the ynnermer courte, and within. Ezekiel 44:18 They shall haue fayre lynen bonettes vpon their heades, and lynen breches vpon their loynes, whyche in their laboure they shall not put about them: Ezekiel 44:19 And when they go forth to the people in to the outward courte, they shall put of the clothes, wherin they haue mynystred, and laye them in the habytacyon of the Sanctuary, and put on other apparel, lest they vnhalowe the people wyth their clothes. Ezekiel 44:20 They shall not shaue their heades, ner noryshe the bushe of their heare, but rounde their heades onlye. Ezekiel 44:21 All the Prestes that go into the ynmost court, shall dryncke no wyne. Ezekiel 44:22 They shall mary no wydow, nether one that is put from her husband: but a mayde of the sede of þe house of Israel, or a wyddowe: that hath had a prest before. Ezekiel 44:23 They shall shewe my people the dyfference betwene the holye and vnholye, betwyxte the clene and vnclene. Ezekiel 44:24 If any discorde arise, they shall dyscerne it, and geue sentence after my iudgementes. My solempne feastes, my lawes and ordynaunces shall they kepe, and halowe my Sabbathes. Ezekiel 44:25 They shall come at no deed persone, to defyle them selues (excepte it be father or mother, sonne or daughter, brother or syster that hath hadyet no husbande) in soch they maye be defyled. Ezekiel 44:26 And when he is clensed, there shall be rekened vnto hym .vij. dayes: Ezekiel 44:27 and yf he go in to the Sanctuary agayne to do seruyce, he shall bringe a synoffrynge sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 44:28 They shall haue an heretage, yee I my selfe wilbe their heretage: els shall ye geue them no possessyon in Israel, for I am their possessyon. Ezekiel 44:29 The meatoffrynge, synoffrynge & trespaceoffrynge shall they eate, and euery dedycate thing in Israel, shalbe theirs. Ezekiel 44:30 The firstlynges of all the first fruytes, & all fre wil offrynges shall be the prestes. Ye shal geue vnto the preste also the firstlynges of youre dowe, that God maye prospere the resydue. Ezekiel 44:31 But no deed caryon shall þt perst eate, ner soch as is deuoured of wylde beastes, foules or catell.