The east gate assigned only to the prince.
Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me back, toward the outer, gate of the sanctuary, which looked toward the east,but, it, was shut. Ezekiel 44:2 Then said Yahweh unto me, This gate, shut, shall remain, It shall not be opened, And, no man, shall enter thereby, Because, Yahweh, God of Israel, doth enter thereby,Therefore shall it remainshut. Ezekiel 44:3 The prince! as prince, he, shall sit therein, To eat food, before Yahweh,By way of the porch of the gate, shall he go in, and, By way thereof, shall he come out.
The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary.
Ezekiel 44:4 Then he brought me in by way of the north, gate, unto the front of the house, and I looked, and lo! the glory of Yahweh, filled, the house of Yahweh,so I fell upon my face. Ezekiel 44:5 And Yahweh, said unto me, Son of man, Apply thy heart, And see with thine eyes, And, with thine ears, hear thou, All that I, am speaking with thee, As to all the statutes of the house of Yahweh, and, As to all the laws thereof,And thou shalt apply thy heart, To the entering in of the house, With all the exits of the sanctuary. Ezekiel 44:6 So then thou shalt say unto the perverse [house], unto the house of Israel, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh: Let it more than suffice you, Out of all your abominations, O house of Israel: Ezekiel 44:7 That ye brought in the sons of the foreigner, Uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, To be in my sanctuary, So that he profaned my house,That ye brought near as my food, the fat and the blood, And so they brake my covenantAmong all your abominations; Ezekiel 44:8 Neither kept ye the charge of my holy things,But ye did set [men] to be keepers of my charge in my sanctuary, for your own pleasure.
Idolaters uncapable of the priest's office.
Ezekiel 44:9 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, No son of a foreigner, Uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary,of any son of a foreigner, who is in the midst of the sons of Israel. Ezekiel 44:10 But, as for the Levites, Who went far from me, when Israel went astray, Who went astray from me, after their manufactured gods, Therefore shall they bear their iniquity. Ezekiel 44:11 Yet shall they remain in my sanctuary, As attendants in charge at the gates of the house,And attending upon the house,They, shall slay the ascending-offering, and the sacrifice of the people, And, they, shall stand before them, to wait upon them. Ezekiel 44:12 Because they used to wait upon them, before their manufactured gods, and became to the house of Israel a stumbling-block of iniquity, For this cause, have I lifted up my hand concerning them, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, and they shall bear their iniquity; Ezekiel 44:13 So then they shall not come near unto me, To minister as priests unto me, Nor come near unto any of my holy things, As regardeth things most holy,But they shall bear their rebuke, and their abominations which they have committed; Ezekiel 44:14 Yet will I make them keepers of the charge of the house,As to all the labour thereof, and, As to all which shall be done therein.
The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto.
Ezekiel 44:15 But, the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, Who kept the charge of my sanctuarywhen the sons of Israel went astray from me, They, shall draw near unto me, to wait upon me,And shall stand before me, to bring near unto me the fat and the blood, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh: Ezekiel 44:16 They, shall enter into my sanctuary, and, They, shall draw near unto my table, to wait upon me,So shall they keep my charge.
Ordinances for the priests.
Ezekiel 44:17 And it shall be, when they shall enter into the gates of the inner court, Garments of linen, shall they put on,Yea there shall come upon them no wool, when they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within: Ezekiel 44:18 Chaplets of linen, shall be upon their head, and, Breeches of linen, shall be upon their loins,They shall not gird themselves, so as to perspire. Ezekiel 44:19 And, when they go forth into the outer court, into the outer court unto the people, They shall put off their garments, wherein they, do minister, and lay them in the chambers of the holy place,And shall put on other garments, That they may not hallow the people by their garments. Ezekiel 44:20 And, their heads, shall they not shave, Nor let, the hair, grow long,They shall, only poll, their heads. Ezekiel 44:21 And, wine, shall no priest drink,when they enter into the inner court. Ezekiel 44:22 Neither widow nor divorced woman, shall they take to them to wife,But, virgins of the seed of the house of Israel, Or a widow who shall be the widow of a priest, shall they take. Ezekiel 44:23 And, my people, shall they instruct, between the holy and the common,And, between the unclean and the clean, shall they cause them to distinguish. Ezekiel 44:24 And, in a controversy, They, shall stand up for justice, With my judgments, shall they judge it,And, my laws and my statutes in all mine appointed assemblies, shall they observe, And, my sabbaths, shall they hallow. Ezekiel 44:25 And, unto no dead person, shall they go in, to defile themselves,Save that, for father or for mother or for son or for daughter, for brother, or for sister who hath belonged to no husband, they may defile themselves. Ezekiel 44:26 Yet, after he is cleansed, seven days, shall they count to him. Ezekiel 44:27 And, in the day when he entereth into the sanctuary, into the inner court to minister in the sanctuary, He shall bring near his sin-bearer, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 44:28 So shall it become to them an inheritance, I, am their inheritance,And, possession, shall ye not give them in Israel, I, am their possession. Ezekiel 44:29 As for the meal-offering and the sin-bearer and the guilt-bearer, they, shall eat them,And, everything devoted in Israel, to them, shall belong. Ezekiel 44:30 And, the first of all the firstfruits of everything, and every heave-offering of everything, from among all your heave-offerings, to the priests, shall it belong,The first of your meal, shall ye give to the priest, To cause a blessing to rest upon by house. Ezekiel 44:31 Nothing that died of itself or was torn in pieces, of bird or of beast, shall be eaten, by the priests.