1Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks
toward the east.
2Behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the
way of the east: and his voice was like the sound of many waters; and the
earth shined with his glory.
3It was according to the appearance of the
vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to
destroy the city; and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the
river Chebar; and I fell on my face.
4The glory of Yahweh came into the
house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
Spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the
glory of Yahweh filled the house.
6I heard one speaking to me out of the
house; and a man stood by me.
7He said to me, Son of man, this is
the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will
dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. The house of Israel
shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their
prostitution, and by the dead bodies of their kings in their high
8in their setting of their threshold by my threshold, and their
doorpost beside my doorpost, and there was but the wall between me
and them; and they have defiled my holy name by their abominations which they
have committed: therefore I have consumed them in my anger.
9Now let them
put away their prostitution, and the dead bodies of their kings, far from me;
and I will dwell in the midst of them forever.
10You, son of man, show
the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their
iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.
11If they be ashamed of all
that they have done, make known to them the form of the house, and the
fashion of it, and the exits of it, and the entrances of it, and all the
forms of it, and all the ordinances of it, and all the forms of it, and all
the laws of it; and write it in their sight; that they may keep the whole
form of it, and all the ordinances of it, and do them.
12This is the law
of the house: on the top of the mountain the whole limit of it round about
shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.
13These are the
measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit is a cubit and a handbreadth): the
bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border of it by the
edge of it round about a span; and this shall be the base of the altar.
14From the bottom on the ground to the lower ledge shall be two cubits,
and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser ledge to the greater ledge
shall be four cubits, and the breadth a cubit.
15The upper altar shall be
four cubits; and from the altar hearth and upward there shall be four horns.
16The altar hearth shall be twelve cubits long by twelve broad,
square in the four sides of it.
17The ledge shall be fourteen
cubits long by fourteen broad in the four sides of it; and the border
about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom of it shall be a cubit round
about; and the steps of it shall look toward the east.
18He said to me,
Son of man, thus says the Lord Yahweh: These are the ordinances of the altar
in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to
sprinkle blood thereon.
19You shall give to the priests the Levites who
are of the seed of Zadok, who are near to me, to minister to me, says the
Lord Yahweh, a young bull for a sin offering.
20You shall take of the
blood of it, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of
the ledge, and on the border round about: thus shall you cleanse it and make
atonement for it.
21You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and
it shall be burnt in the appointed place of the house, outside of the
22On the second day you shall offer a male goat without
blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did
cleanse it with the bull.
23When you have made an end of cleansing it,
you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram out of the flock
24You shall bring them near before Yahweh, and the
priests shall cast salt on them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt
offering to Yahweh.
25Seven days shall you prepare every day a goat for a
sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bull, and a ram out of the
flock, without blemish.
26Seven days shall they make atonement for the
altar and purify it; so shall they consecrate it.
27When they have
accomplished the days, it shall be that on the eighth day, and forward, the
priests shall make your burnt offerings on the altar, and your
peace offerings; and I will accept you, says the Lord Yahweh.