The east gate assigned only to the prince.
Ezekiel 44:1 And he causeth me to turn back the way of the gate of the outer sanctuary that is looking eastward, and it is shut. Ezekiel 44:2 And Jehovah saith unto me, 'This gate is shut, it is not opened, and none doth go in by it, for Jehovah, God of Israel, hath come in by it, and it hath been shut. Ezekiel 44:3 The prince, who [is] prince, he sitteth by it to eat bread before Jehovah, by the way of the porch of the gate he cometh in, and by its way he goeth out.'
The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary.
Ezekiel 44:4 And he bringeth me in the way of the north gate unto the front of the house, and I look, and lo, filled hath the honour of Jehovah the house of Jehovah, and I fall on my face. Ezekiel 44:5 And Jehovah saith unto me, 'Son of man, set thy heart, and see with thine eyes, and with thine ears hear, all that I am speaking with thee, of all the statutes of the house of Jehovah, and of all its laws; and thou hast set thy heart to the entrance of the house, with all the outlets of the sanctuary, Ezekiel 44:6 and hast said unto the rebellious, unto the house of Israel: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Enough to youof all your abominations, O house of Israel. Ezekiel 44:7 In your bringing in sons of a stranger, uncircumcised of heart, and uncircumcised of flesh, to be in My sanctuary, to pollute it, even My house, in your bringing near My bread, fat, and blood, and they break My covenant by all your abominations, Ezekiel 44:8 and ye have not kept the charge of My holy things, and ye set [them] for keepers of My charge in My sanctuary for you.
Idolaters uncapable of the priest's office.
Ezekiel 44:9 'Thus said the Lord Jehovah: No son of a stranger, uncircumcised of heart, and uncircumcised of flesh, cometh in unto My sanctuary, even any son of a stranger, who [is] in the midst of the sons of Israel, Ezekiel 44:10 butthe Levites who have gone far off from me, in the wandering of Israel when they went astray from Me after their idols, and they have borne their iniquity. Ezekiel 44:11 And they have been in My sanctuary ministrants, overseers at the gates of the house, and ministrants at the house; they slay the burnt-offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they stand before them to serve them. Ezekiel 44:12 Because that they serve them before their idols, and have been to the house of Israel for a stumbling-block of iniquity, therefore I have lifted up my hand against theman affirmation of the Lord Jehovahand they have borne their iniquity. Ezekiel 44:13 And they draw not nigh unto Me to act as My priest, and to draw nigh unto any of My holy things, unto the holy of holies, and they have borne their shame and their abominations that they have done, Ezekiel 44:14 and I made them keepers of the charge of the house, for all its service and for all that is done in it.
The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto.
Ezekiel 44:15 'And the priests, the Levites, sons of Zadok, who have kept the charge of My sanctuary in the wandering of the sons of Israel from off Me, they draw near unto Me to serve Me, and have stood before Me, to bring near to Me fat and bloodan affirmation of the Lord Jehovah: Ezekiel 44:16 they come in unto My sanctuary, and they draw near unto My table to serve Me, and they have kept My charge.
Ordinances for the priests.
Ezekiel 44:17 And it hath come to pass, in their going in unto the gates of the inner court, linen garments they put on; and no wool cometh up on them in their ministering in the gates of the inner court and within. Ezekiel 44:18 Linen bonnets are on their head, and linen trousers are on their loins, they are not restrained with sweat. Ezekiel 44:19 And in their going forth unto the outer courtunto the outer court unto the peoplethey strip off their garments, in which they are ministering, and have placed them in the holy chambers, and have put on other garments; and they do not sanctify the people in their own garments. Ezekiel 44:20 And their head they do not shave, and the lock they do not send forth; they certainly poll their heads. Ezekiel 44:21 And no priest doth drink wine in their coming in unto the inner court. Ezekiel 44:22 And a widow and divorced woman they do not take to them for wives: butvirgins of the seed of the house of Israel, and the widow who is widow of a priest, do they take. Ezekiel 44:23 'And My people they direct between holy and common, and between unclean and clean they cause them to discern. Ezekiel 44:24 And concerning controversy, they stand up for judgment; with My judgments they judge it; and My law and My statutes in all My appointed places they keep; and My sabbaths they sanctify. Ezekiel 44:25 And unto any dead man they come not for uncleanness, but for father, and for mother, and for son, and for daughter, for brother, for sister who hath not been to a man, they defile themselves. Ezekiel 44:26 'And after his cleansing, seven days they number to him. Ezekiel 44:27 And in the day of his coming in unto the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he bringeth near his sin-offeringan affirmation of the Lord Jehovah. Ezekiel 44:28 And it hath been to them for an inheritance; I [am] their inheritance: and a possession ye do not give to them in Israel; I [am] their possession. Ezekiel 44:29 The present, and the sin-offering, and the guilt-offering, they do eat, and every devoted thing in Israel is theirs. Ezekiel 44:30 And the first of all the first-fruits of all, and every heave-offering of all, of all your heave-offerings, are the priests': and the first of your dough ye give to the priest, to cause a blessing to rest on thy house. Ezekiel 44:31 Any carcase and torn thing, of the fowl, and of the beasts, the priests do not eat.