Ezekiel 44 ©
The east gate assigned only to the prince. The people reproved for suffering strangers to pollute the sanctuary. Idolaters declared incapable of the priests' office. The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto. Ordinances for the priests.
dIt is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eeat bread fbefore the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, 1mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that jI say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
mIn that ye have brought into my sanctuary 2strangers, nuncircumcised oin heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye poffer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have qbroken my covenant because of all your abominations.
¶Thus saith the Lord GOD; sNo stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
wYet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and xministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
yBecause they ministered unto them before their idols, and z4caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted aup mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bbear their iniquity.
¶fBut the priests the Levites, the gsons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and hthey shall stand before me to offer unto me ithe fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
¶And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, mthey shall be clothed with linen garments; and nno wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
And when they go forth into the *utter court, even into the utter court to the people, qthey shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they rshall not sanctify the people with their garments.
wAnd in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall xkeep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my ysabbaths.
And the f10first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your *oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.