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33:5. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and did not look to himself,
his blood shall be upon him: but if he look to himself, he shall save
his life.

33:6. And if the watchman see the sword coming, and sound not the
trumpet: and the people look not to themselves, and the sword come, and
cut off a soul from among them: he indeed is taken away in his
iniquity, but I will require his blood at the hand of the watchman.

33:7. So thou, O son of man, I have made thee a watchman to the house
of Israel: therefore thou shalt hear the word from my mouth, and shalt
tell it them from me.

33:8. When I say to the wicked: O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if
thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way: that wicked
man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy
hand.

33:9. But if thou tell the wicked man, that he may be converted from
his ways, and he be not converted from his way he shall die in his
iniquity: but thou hast delivered thy soul.

33:10. Thou therefore, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: Thus
you have spoken, saying: Our iniquities, and our sins are upon us, and
we pine away in them: how then can we live?

33:11. Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the
death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of
Israel?

33:12. Thou therefore, O son of man, say to the children of thy people:
The justice of the just shall not deliver him, in what day soever he
shall sin: and the wickedness of the wicked shall not hurt him, in what
day soever he shall turn from his wickedness: and the just shall not be
able to live in his justice, in what day soever he shall sin.

33:13. Yea, if I shall say to the just that he shall surely live, and
he, trusting in his justice, commit iniquity: all his justices shall be
forgotten, and his iniquity, which he hath committed, in the same shall
he die.

33:14. And it I shall say to the wicked: Thou shalt surely die: and he
do penance for his sin, and do judgment and justice,

33:15. And if that wicked man restore the pledge, and render what he
had robbed, and walk in the commandments of life, and do no unjust
thing: he shall surely live, and shall not die.

33:16. None of his sins, which he hath committed, shall be imputed to
him: he hath done judgment and justice, he shall surely live.

33:17. And the children of thy people have said: The way of the Lord is
not equitable: whereas their own way is unjust.

33:18. For when the just shall depart from his justice, and commit
iniquities, he shall die in them.

33:19. And when the wicked shall depart from his wickedness, and shall
do judgments, and justice, he shall live in them.

33:20. And you say: The way of the Lord is not right, I will judge
every one of you according to his ways, O house of Israel.

33:21. And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the
tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that there came to me one
that was fled from Jerusalem, saying: The city is laid waste.

33:22. And the hand of the Lord had been upon me in the evening, before
he that was fled came: and he opened my mouth till he came to me in the
morning, and my mouth being opened, I was silent no more.

33:23. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

33:24. Son of man, they that dwell in these ruinous places in the land
of Israel, speak, saying: Abraham was one, and he inherited the land,
but we are many, the land is given us in possession.

33:25. Therefore say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: You that eat
with the blood and lift up your eyes to your uncleannesses, and that
shed blood: shall you possess the land by inheritance?

33:26. You stood on your swords, you have committed abominations, and
every one hath defiled his neighbours wife; and shall you possess the
land by inheritance?

33:27. Say thou thus to them: Thus saith the Lord God: As I live, they
that dwell in the ruinous places, shall fall by the sword: and he that
is in the field, shall be given to the beasts to be devoured: and they
that are in holds, and caves, shall die of the pestilence.

33:28. And I will make the land a wilderness, and a desert, and the
proud strength thereof shall fail, and the mountains of Israel shall be
desolate, because there is none to pass by them,

33:29. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have made
their land waste and desolate, for all their abominations which they
have committed.

33:30. And thou son of man: the children of thy people, that talk of
thee by the walls, and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to
another each man to his neighbour, saying: Come, and let us hear what
is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.

33:31. And they come to thee, as if people were coming in, and my
people sit before thee: and hear thy words, and do them not: for they
turn them into a song of their mouth, and their heart goeth after their
covetousness.

33:32. And thou art to them as a musical song which is sung with a
sweet and agreeable voice: and they hear thy words, and do them not.

33:33. And when that which was foretold shall come to pass, for behold
it is coming, then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

Ezechiel Chapter 34

Evil pastors are reproved. Christ the true pastor shall come, and
gather together his flock from all parts of the earth, and preserve it
for ever.

34:1. And the word of the Lord came to me, it saying:

34:2. Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel:
prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the
shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed
by the shepherds?

Shepherds. . .That is, princes, magistrates, chief priests, and scribes.

34:3. You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and
you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed.

34:4. The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you
have not healed, that which was broken you have not bound up, and that
which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you
sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and
with a high hand.

34:5. And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd and
they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were
scattered.

34:6. My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill:
and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was
none that sought them, there was none, I say, that sought them.

34:7. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

34:8. As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been
made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the
field, because there was no shepherd: for my shepherds did not seek
after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my
flocks:

34:9. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

34:10. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself come upon the
shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them
to cease from feeding the flock any more, neither shall the shepherds
feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth,
and it shall no more be meat for them.

34:11. For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep,
and will visit them.

34:12. As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be
in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my
sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been
scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

34:13. And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them
out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land: and I will
feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the
habitations of the land.

34:14. I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their
pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they
rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains
of Israel.

34:15. I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith
the Lord God.

34:16. I will seek that which was lost: and that which was driven away,
I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken, and I
will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong
I will preserve, and I will feed them in judgment.

34:17. And as for you, O my flocks, thus saith the Lord God: Behold I
judge between cattle and cattle, of rams and of he goats.

34:18. Was it not enough for you to feed upon good pastures? but you
must also tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures: and
when you drank the clearest water, you troubled the rest with your
feet.

34:19. And my sheep were fed with that which you had trodden with your
feet: and they drank what your feet had troubled.

34:20. Therefore thus saith the Lord God to you: Behold, I myself will
judge between the fat cattle and the lean.

34:21. Because you thrusted with sides and shoulders, and struck all
the weak cattle with your horns, till they were scattered abroad:

34:22. I will save my flock, and it shall be no more a spoil, and I
will judge between cattle and cattle.

34:23. And I WILL SET UP ONE SHEPHERD OVER THEM, and he shall feed
them, even my servant David: he shall feed them, and he shall be their
shepherd.

David. . .Christ, who is of the house of David.

34:24. And I the Lord will be their God: and my servant David the
prince in the midst of them: I the Lord have spoken it.

34:25. And I will make a covenant of peace with them, and will cause
the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they that dwell in the
wilderness shall sleep secure in the forests.

34:26. And I will make them a blessing round about my hill: and I will
send down the rain in its season, there shall be showers of blessing.

34:27. And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth
shall yield her increase, and they shall be in their land without fear:
and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have broken the
bonds of their yoke, and shall have delivered them out of the hand of
those that rule over them.

34:28. And they shall be no more for a spoil to the nations, neither
shall the beasts of the earth devour them: but they shall dwell
securely without, any terror.

34:29. And I will raise up for them a bud of renown: and they shall be
no more consumed with famine in the land, neither shall they bear any
more the reproach of the Gentiles.

A bud of renown. . .Germen nominatum. He speaks of Christ our Lord, the
illustrious bud of the house of David, renowned over all the earth. See
Jer. 33.15.

34:30. And they shall know that I the Lord their God am with them, and
that they are my people the house of Israel: saith the Lord God.

34:31. And you my flocks, the flocks of my pasture are men: and I am
the Lord your God, saith the Lord God.

Ezechiel Chapter 35

The judgment of mount Seir, for their hatred of Israel.

35:1. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

35:2. Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy
concerning it, and say to it:

35:3. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I come against thee, mount Seir,
and I will stretch forth my hand upon thee, and I will make thee
desolate and waste.

35:4. I will destroy thy cities, and thou shalt be desolate: and thou
shalt know that I am the Lord.

35:5. Because thou hast been an everlasting enemy, and hast shut up the
children of Israel in the hands of the sword in the time of their
affliction, in the time of their last iniquity.

35:6. Therefore as I live, saith the Lord God, I will deliver thee up
to blood, and blood shall pursue thee: and whereas thou hast hated
blood, blood shall pursue thee.

35:7. And I will make mount Seir waste and desolate: and I will take
away from it him that goeth and him that returneth.

35:8. And I will fill his mountains with his men that are slain: in thy
hills, and in thy valleys, and in thy torrents they shall fall that are
slain with the sword.

35:9. I will make thee everlasting desolations, and thy cities shall
not be inhabited: and thou shalt know that I am the Lord God.

35:10. Because thou hast said: The two nations, and the two lands shall
be mine, and I will possess them by inheritance: whereas the Lord was
there.

35:11. Therefore as I live, saith the Lord God, I will do according to
thy wrath, and according to thy envy, which thou hast exercised in
hatred to them: and I will be made known by them, when I shall have
judged thee.

35:12. And thou shalt know that I the Lord have heard all thy
reproaches, that thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel,
saying. They are desolate, they are given to us to consume.

35:13. And you rose up against me with your mouth, and have derogated
from me by your words: I have heard them.

35:14. Thus saith the Lord God: When the whole earth shall rejoice, I
will make thee a wilderness.

35:15. As thou hast rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of
Israel, because it was laid waste, so will I do to thee: thou shalt be
laid waste, O mount Seir, and all Idumea: and they shall know that I am
the Lord.

Ezechiel Chapter 36

The restoration of Israel, not for their merits, but by God's special
grace. Christ's baptism.

36:1. And thou son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and
say: Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord:

36:2. Thus saith the Lord God: Because the enemy hath said to you: Aha,
the everlasting heights are given to us for an inheritance.

36:3. Therefore prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord God: Because you
have been desolate, and trodden under foot on every side, and made an
inheritance to the rest of the nations, and are become the subject of
the talk, and the reproach of the people:

36:4. Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God:
Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the
brooks, and to the valleys, and to desolate places, and ruinous walls,
and to the cities that are forsaken, that are spoiled, and derided by
the rest of the nations round about.

36:5. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: In the fire of my zeal I have
spoken of the rest of the nations, and of all Edom, who have taken my
land to themselves, for an inheritance with joy, and with all the
heart, and with the mind: and have cast it out to lay it waste.

36:6. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say to the
mountains, and to the hills, to the ridges, and to the valleys: Thus
saith the Lord God: Behold I have spoken in my zeal, and in my
indignation, because you have borne the shame of the Gentiles.

36:7. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: I have lifted up my hand, that
the Gentiles who are round about you, shall themselves bear their
shame.

36:8. But as for you, O mountains of Israel, shoot ye forth your
branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel: for they are at
hand to come.

36:9. For I, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be
ploughed and sown.

36:10. And I will multiply men upon you, and all the house of Israel:
and the cities ball be inhabited, and the ruinous places shall be
repaired.

36:11. And I will make you abound with men and with beasts: and they
shall be multiplied, and increased: and I will settle you as from the
beginning, and will give you greater gifts, than you had from the
beginning: and you shall know that I am the Lord.

36:12. And I will bring men upon you, my people Israel, and they shall
possess thee for their inheritance: and thou shalt be their
inheritance, and shalt no more henceforth be without them.

36:13. Thus saith the Lord God: Because thy say of you: Thou art a
devourer of men, and one that suffocatest thy nation:

36:14. Therefore thou shalt devour men no more nor destroy thy nation
any more, saith the Lord God.

36:15. Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the
nations any more, nor shalt thou bear the reproach of the people, nor
lose thy nation any more, saith the Lord God.

Nor lose thy nation any more. . .This whole promise principally relates
to the church of Christ, and God's perpetual protection of her: for as
the carnal Jews, they have been removed out of their land these sixteen
hundred years.

36:16. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

36:17. Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land,
they defiled it with their ways, and with their doings: their way was
before me like the uncleanness of a menstruous woman.

36:18. And I poured out my indignation upon them for the blood which
they had shed upon the land, and with their idols they defiled it.

36:19. And I scattered them among the nations, and they are dispersed
through the countries: I have judged them according to their ways, and
their devices.

36:20. And when they entered among the nations whither they went, they
profaned my holy name, when it was said of them: This is the people of
the Lord, and they are come forth out of his land.

36:21. And I have regarded my own holy name, which the house of Israel
hath profaned among the nations to which they went in.

36:22. Therefore thou shalt say to the house of Israel: Thus saith the
Lord God: It is not for your sake that I will do this, O house of
Israel, but for my holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the
nations whither you went.

36:23. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the
Gentiles, which you have profaned in the midst of them: that the
Gentiles may know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord of hosts, when I
shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

36:24. For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you
together out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own
land.

36:25. And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed
from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols.

36:26. And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within
you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will
give you a heart of flesh.

36:27. And I will put my spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause
you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my judgments, and do them.

36:28. And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers,
and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

36:29. And I will save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call
for corn, and will multiply it, and will lay no famine upon you.

36:30. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of
the field, that you bear no more the reproach of famine among the
nations.

36:31. And you shall remember your wicked ways, and your doings that
were not good: and your iniquities, and your wicked deeds shall
displease you.

36:32. It is not for your sakes that I will do this, saith the Lord
God, be it known to you: be confounded, and ashamed at your own ways, O
house of Israel.

36:33. Thus saith the Lord God: In the day that I shall cleanse you
from all your iniquities, and shall cause the cities to be inhabited,
and shall repair the ruinous places,

36:34. And the desolate land shall be tilled, which before was waste in
the sight of all that passed by,

36:35. They shall say: This land that was untilled is become as a
garden of pleasure: and the cities that were abandoned, and desolate,
and destroyed, are peopled and fenced.

36:36. And the nations, that shall be left round about you, shall know
that I the Lord have built up what was destroyed, and planted what was
desolate, that I the Lord have spoken and done it.

36:37. Thus saith the Lord God: Moreover in this shall the house of
Israel find me, that I will do it for them: I will multiply them as a
flock of men,

36:38. As a holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts:
so shall the waste cities be full of flocks of men: and they shall know
that I am the Lord.

Ezechiel Chapter 37

A vision of the resurrection of dry bones, foreshewing the deliverance
of the people from their captivity. Juda and Israel shall be all one
kingdom under Christ. God's everlasting covenant with the church.

37:1. The hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me forth in the
spirit of the Lord: and set me down in the midst of a plain that was
full of bones.

37:2. And he led me about through them on every side: now they were
very many upon the face of the plain, and they were exceeding dry.

37:3. And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall
live and I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.

37:4. And he said to me: Prophesy concerning these bones; and say to
them: Ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

37:5. Thus saith the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will send
spirit into you, and you shall live.

Spirit. . .That is, soul, life, and breath.

37:6. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to grow over
you, and will cover you with skin: and I will give you spirit and you
shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.

37:7. And I prophesied as he had commanded me: and as I prophesied
there was a noise, and behold a commotion: and the bones came together,
each one, its joint.

37:8. And I saw, and behold the sinews, and the flesh came up upon
them: and the skin was stretched out over them, but there was no spirit
in them.

37:9. And he said to me: Prophesy to the spirit, prophesy, O son of
man, and say to the spirit: Thus saith the Lord God: Come, spirit, from
the four winds, and blow upon these slain, and let them live again.

37:10. And I prophesied as he had commanded me: and the spirit came
into them, and they lived: and they stood up upon their feet, an
exceeding great army.

37:11. And he said to me: Son of man: All these bones are the house of
Israel: they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost, and we
are cut off.

37:12. Therefore prophesy, and say to them: Thus saith the Lord God:
Behold I will open your graves, and will bring you out of your
sepulchres, O my people: and will bring you into the land of Israel.

37:13. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have opened
your sepulchres, and shall have brought you out of your graves, O my
people:

37:14. And shall have put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I
shall make you rest upon your own land: and you shall know that I the
Lord have spoken, and done it, saith the Lord God:

37:15. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

37:16. And thou son of man, take thee a stick: and write upon it: Of
Juda, and of the children of Israel his associates: and take another
stick and write upon it: For Joseph the stick of Ephraim, and for all
the house of Israel, and of his associates.

37:17. And join them one to the other into one stick, and they shall
become one in thy hand.

37:18. And when the children of thy people shall speak to thee, saying:
Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by this?

37:19. Say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the
stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of
Israel that are associated with him, and I will put them together with
the stick of Juda, and will make them one stick: and they shall be one
in his hand.

37:20. And the sticks whereon thou hast written, shall be in thy hand,
before their eyes.

37:21. And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I
will take of the children of Israel from the midst of the nations
whither they are gone: and I will gather them on every side, and will
bring them to their own land.

37:22. And I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of
Israel, and one king shall be king over them all: and they shall no
more be two nations, neither shall they be divided any more into two
kingdoms.

37:23. Nor shall they be defiled any more with their idols, nor with
their abominations, nor with all their iniquities: and I will save them
out of all the places in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse
them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

37:24. And my servant David shall be king over them, and they shall
have one shepherd: they shall walk in my judgments, and shall keep my
commandments, and shall do them.

37:25. And they shall dwell in the land which I gave to my servant
Jacob, wherein your fathers dwelt, and they shall dwell in it, they and
their children, and their children's children, for ever: and David my
servant shall be their prince for ever.

37:26. And I will make a covenant of peace with them, it shall be an
everlasting covenant with them: and I will establish them, and will
multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for ever.

37:27. And my tabernacle shall be with them: and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

37:28. And the nations shall know that I am the Lord the sanctifier of
Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.

Ezechiel Chapter 38

Gog shall persecute the church in the latter days. He shall be
overthrown.

38:1. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

38:2. Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the
chief prince of Mosoch and Thubal: and prophesy of him,

Gog. . .This name, which signifies hidden or covered, is taken in this
place, either for the persecutors of the church of God in general, or
some arch-persecutor in particular: such as Antichrist shall be in the
latter days. See Apoc. 20.8. And what is said of the punishment of Gog,
is verified by the unhappy ends of persecutors.--Ibid. Magog. . .Scythia
or Tartary, from whence the Turks, and other enemies of the church of
Christ, originally sprung.

38:3. And say to him: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I come against
thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Mosoch and Thubal.

38:4. And I will turn thee about, and I will put a bit in thy jaws: and
I will bring thee forth, and all thy army, horses and horsemen all
clothed with coats of mail, a great multitude, armed with spears and
shields and swords.

38:5. The Persians, Ethiopians, and Libyans with them, all with shields
and helmets.

38:6. Gomer, and all his bands, the house of Thogorma, the northern
parts and all his strength, and many peoples with thee.

38:7. Prepare and make thyself ready, and all thy multitude that is
assembled about thee, and be thou commander over them.

38:8. After many days thou shalt be visited: at the end of years thou
shalt come to the land that is returned from the sword, and is gathered
out of many nations, to the mountains of Israel which have been
continually waste: but it hath been brought forth out of the nations,
and they shall all of them dwell securely in it.

38:9. And thou shalt go up and come like a storm, and like a cloud to
cover the land, thou and all thy bands and many people with thee.

38:10. Thus saith the Lord God: In that day projects shall enter into
thy heart, and thou shalt conceive a mischievous design.

38:11. And thou shalt say: I will go up to the land which is without a
wall, I will come to them that are at rest, and dwell securely: all
these dwell without a wall, they have no bars nor gates:

38:12. To take spoils, and lay hold on the prey, to lay thy hand upon
them that had been wasted, and afterwards restored, and upon the people
that is gathered together out of the nations, which hath begun to
possess and to dwell in the midst of the earth.

38:13. Saba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tharsis, and all the lions
thereof shall say to thee: Art thou come to take spoils? behold, thou
hast gathered thy multitude to take a prey, to take silver, and gold,
and to carry away goods and substance, and to take rich spoils.

38:14. Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: Thus saith
the Lord God: Shalt thou not know, in that day, when my people of
Israel shall dwell securely?

38:15. And thou shalt come out of thy place from the northern parts,
thou and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great
company and a mighty army.

38:16. And thou shalt come upon my people of Israel like a cloud, to
cover the earth. Thou shalt be in the latter days, and I will bring
thee upon my land: that the nations may know me, when I shall be
sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

38:17. Thus saith the Lord God: Thou then art he, of whom I have spoken
in the days of old, by my servants the prophets of Israel, who
prophesied in the days of those times that I would bring thee upon
them.

38:18. And it shall come to pass in that day, in the day of the coming
of Gog upon the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my indignation
shall come up in my wrath.

38:19. And I have spoken in my zeal, and in the fire of my anger, that
in that day there shall be a great commotion upon the land of Israel:

38:20. So that the fishes of the sea, and the birds of the air, and the
beasts of the field, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the
ground, and all men that are upon the face of the earth, shall be moved
at my presence: and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the hedges
shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

38:21. And I will call in the sword against him in all my mountains,
saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be pointed against his
brother.

38:22. And I will judge him with pestilence, and with blood, and with
violent rain, and vast hailstones: I will rain fire and brimstone upon
him, and upon his army, and upon the many nations that are with him.

38:23. And I will be magnified, and I will be sanctified: and I will be
known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the
Lord.

Ezechiel Chapter 39

God's judgments upon Gog. God's people were punished for their sins:
but shall be favoured with everlasting kindness.

39:1. And thou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say: Thus saith
the Lord God: Behold, I come against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of
Mosoch and Thubal.

39:2. And I will turn thee round, and I will lead thee out, and will
make thee go up from the northern parts: and will bring thee upon the
mountains of Israel.

39:3. And I will break thy bow in thy left hand, and I will cause thy
arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

39:4. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou and all thy
bands, and thy nations that are with thee: I have given thee to the
wild beasts, to the birds, and to every fowl, and to the beasts of the
earth to be devoured.

39:5. Thou shalt fall upon the face of the field: for I have spoken it,
saith the Lord God.

39:6. And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell
confidently in the islands: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

39:7. And I will make my holy name known in the midst of my people
Israel, and my holy name shall be profaned no more: and the Gentiles
shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

39:8. Behold it cometh, and it is done, saith the Lord God: this is the
day whereof I have spoken.

39:9. And the inhabitants shall go forth of the cities of Israel, and
shall set on fire and burn the weapons, the shields, and the spears,
the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves and the pikes: and they
shall burn them with fire seven years.

39:10. And they shall not bring wood out of the countries, nor cut down
out of the forests: for they shall burn the weapons with fire, and
shall make a prey of them to whom they had been a prey, and they shall
rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God.

39:11. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give Gog a
noted place for a sepulchre in Israel: the valley of the passengers on
the east of the sea, which shall cause astonishment in them that pass
by: and there shall they bury Gog, and all his multitude, and it shall
be called the valley of the multitude of Gog.

39:12. And the house of Israel shall bury them for seven months to
cleanse the land.

39:13. And all the people of the land shall bury him, and it shall be
unto them a noted day, wherein I was glorified, saith the Lord God.

39:14. And they shall appoint men to go continually about the land, to
bury and to seek out them that were remaining upon the face of the
earth, that they may cleanse it: and after seven months they shall
begin to seek.

39:15. And they shall go about passing through the land: and when they
shall see the bone of a man, they shall set up sign by it, till the
buriers bury it in the valley, of the multitude of Gog.

39:16. And the name of the city shall be Amona, and they shall cleanse
the land.

39:17. And thou, O son of man, saith the Lord God, say to every fowl,
and to all the birds, and to all the beasts of the field: Assemble
yourselves, make haste, come together from every side to my victim,
which I slay for you, a great victim upon the mountains of Israel: to
eat flesh, and drink blood.

39:18. You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and you shall drink the
blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, and of lambs, and of he
goats, and bullocks, and of all that are well fed and fat.

39:19. And you shall eat the fat till you be full, and shall drink
blood till you be drunk of the victim which I shall slay for you.

39:20. And you shall be filled at my table with horses, and mighty
horsemen, and all the men of war, saith the Lord God.

39:21. And I will set my glory among the nations: and all nations shall
see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon
them.

39:22. And the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God
from that day and forward.

39:23. And the nations shall know that the house of Israel were made
captives for their iniquity, because they forsook me, and I hid my face
from them: and I delivered them into the hands of their enemies, and
they fell all by the sword.

39:24. I have dealt with them according to their uncleanness, and
wickedness, and hid my face from them.

39:25. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God: Now will I bring back the
captivity of Jacob, and will have mercy on all the house of Israel and
I will be jealous for my holy name.

39:26. And they shall bear their confusion, and all the transgressions
wherewith they have transgressed against me, when they shall dwell in
their land securely fearing no man:

39:27. And I shall have brought them back from among the nations, and
shall have gathered them together out of the lands of their enemies,
and shall be sanctified in them, in the sight of many nations.

39:28. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I
caused them to be carried away among the nations; and I have gathered
them together unto their own land, and have not left any of them there.

39:29. And I will hide my face no more from them, for I have poured out
my spirit upon all the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Ezechiel Chapter 40

The prophet sees in a vision the rebuilding of the temple: the
dimensions of several parts thereof.

40:1. In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning
of the year, the tenth day of the month, the fourteenth year after the
city was destroyed: in the selfsame day the hand of the Lord was upon
me, and he brought me thither.

40:2. In the visions of God he brought me into the land of Israel, and
set me upon a very high mountain: upon which there was as the building
of a city, bending towards the south.

40:3. And he brought me in thither, and behold a man, whose appearance
was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and
a measuring reed in his hand, and he stood in the gate.

40:4. And this man said to me: Son of man, see with thy eyes, and hear
with thy ears, and set thy heart upon all that I shall shew thee: for
thou art brought hither that they may be shewn to thee: declare all
that thou seest, to the house of Israel.

40:5. And behold there was a wall on the outside of the house round
about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits and a
handbreadth: and he measured the breadth of the building one reed, and
the height one reed.

40:6. And he came to the gate that looked toward the east, and he went
up the steps thereof: and he measured the breadth of the threshold of
the gate one reed, that is, one threshold was one reed broad;

40:7. And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad:
and between the little chambers were five cubits:

40:8. And the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within,
was one reed.

40:9. And he measured the porch of the gate eight cubits, and the front
thereof two cubits: and the porch of the gate was inward.

40:10. And the little chambers of the gate that looked eastward were
three on this side, and three on that side: all three were of one
measure, and the fronts of one measure, on both parts.

40:11. And he measured the breadth of the threshold of the gate ten
cubits: and the length of the gate thirteen cubits:

40:12. And the border before the little chambers one cubit: and one
cubit was the border on both sides: and the little chambers were six
cubits on this side and that side.

40:13. And he measured the gate from the roof of one little chamber to
the roof of another, in breadth five and twenty cubits: door against
door.

40:14. He made also fronts of sixty cubits: and to the front the court
of the gate on every side round about.

40:15. And before the face of the gate which reached even to the face
of the porch of the inner gate, fifty cubits.

40:16. And slanting windows in the little chambers, and in their
fronts, which were within the gate on every side round about: and in
like manner there were also in the porches windows round about within,
and before the fronts the representation of palm trees.

40:17. And he brought me into the outward court, and behold there were
chambers, and a pavement of stone in the court round about: thirty
chambers encompassed the pavement.

There were chambers. . .Gazophylacia, so called, because the priests and
Levites kept in them the stores and vessels that belonged to the
temple.

40:18. And the pavement in the front of the gates according to the
length of the gates was lower.

40:19. And he measured the breadth from the face of the lower gate to
the front of the inner court without, a hundred cubits to the east, and
to the north.

40:20. He measured also both the length and the breadth of the gate of
the outward court, which looked northward.

40:21. And the little chambers thereof three on this side, and three on
that side: and the front thereof, and the porch thereof according to
the measure of the former gate, fifty cubits long, and five and twenty
cubits broad.

40:22. And the windows thereof, and the porch, and the gravings
according to the measure of the gate that looked to the east, and they
went up to it by seven steps, and a porch was before it.

40:23. And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate of the
north, and that of the east: and he measured from gate to gate a
hundred cubits.

40:24. And he brought me out to the way of the south, and behold the
gate that looked to the south: and he measured the front thereof, and
the porch thereof according to the former measures.

40:25. And the windows thereof, and the porches round about, as the
other windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and
twenty cubits.

40:26. And there were seven steps to go up to it: and a porch before
the doors thereof: and there were graven palm trees, one on this side,
and another on that side in the front thereof.

40:27. And there was a gate of the inner court towards the south: and
he measured from gate to gate towards the south, a hundred cubits.

40:28. And he brought me into the inner court at the south gate: and he
measured the gate according to the former measures.

40:29. The little chamber thereof, and the front thereof, and the porch
thereof with the same measures: and the windows thereof, and the porch
thereof round about it was fifty cubits in length, and five and twenty
cubits in breadth.

40:30. And the porch round about was five and twenty cubits long, and
five cubits broad.

40:31. And the porch thereof to the outward court, and the palm trees
thereof in the front: and there were eight steps to go up to it.

40:32. And he brought me into the inner court by the way of the east:
and he measured the gate according to the former measures.

40:33. The little chamber thereof, and the front thereof, and the porch
thereof as before: and the windows thereof, and the porches thereof
round about it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.

40:34. And the porch thereof, that is, of the outward court: and the
graven palm trees in the front thereof on this side and on that side:
and the going up thereof was by eight steps.

40:35. And he brought me into the gate that looked to the north: and he
measured according to the former measures.

40:36. The little chamber thereof, and the front thereof, and the porch
thereof, and the windows thereof round about it was fifty cubits long,
and five and twenty cubits broad.

40:37. And the porch thereof looked to the outward court: and the
graving of palm trees in the front thereof was on this side and on that
side: and the going up to it was by eight steps.

40:38. And at every chamber was a door in the forefronts of the gates:
there they washed the holocaust.

40:39. And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and
two tables on that side: that the holocaust, and the sin offering, and
the trespass offering might be slain thereon.

40:40. And on the outward side, which goeth up to the entry of the gate
that looketh toward the north, were two tables: and at the other side
before the porch of the gate were two tables,

40:41. Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side at
the sides of the gate were eight tables, upon which they slew the
victims.

40:42. And the four tables for the holocausts were made of square
stones: one cubit and a half long, and one cubit and a half broad, and
one cubit high: to lay the vessels upon, in which the holocaust and the
victim is slain.

40:43. And the borders of them were of one handbreadth, turned inwards
round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.

40:44. And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singing men
in the inner court, which was on the side of the gate that looketh to
the north: and their prospect was towards the south, one at the side of
the east gate, which looketh toward the north.

40:45. And he said to me: This chamber, which looketh toward the south
shall be for the priests that watch in the wards of the temple.

40:46. But the chamber that looketh towards the north shall be for the
priests that watch over the ministry of the altar. These are the sons
of Sadoc, who among the sons of Levi, come near to the Lord, to
minister to him.

40:47. And he measured the court a hundred cubits long, and a hundred
cubits broad foursquare: and the altar that was before the face of the
temple.

40:48. And he brought me into the porch of the temple: and he measured
the porch five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and
the breadth of the gate three cubits on this side, and three cubits on
that side.

40:49. And the length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth
eleven cubits, and there were eight steps to go up to it. And there
were pillars in the fronts: one on this side, and another on that side.

Ezechiel Chapter 41

A description of the temple, and of all the parts of it.

41:1. And he brought me into the temple, and he measured the fronts six
cubits broad on this side, and six cubits on that side, the breadth of
the tabernacle.

The temple. . .This plan of a temple, which was here shewn to the
prophet in a vision, partly had relation to the material temple, which
was to be rebuilt: and partly, in a mystical sense, to the spiritual
temple of God, the church of Christ.

41:2. And the breadth of the gate was ten cubits: and the sides of the
gate five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and he
measured the length thereof forty cubits, and the breadth twenty
cubits.

41:3. Then going inward he measured the front of the gate two cubits:
and the gate six cubits, and the breadth of the gate seven cubits.

41:4. And he measured the length thereof twenty cubits, and the breadth
twenty cubits, before the face of the temple: and he said to me: This
is the holy of holies.

41:5. And he measured the wall of the house six cubits: and the breadth
of every side chamber four cubits round about the house on every side.

41:6. And the side chambers one by another, were twice thirty-three:
and they bore outwards, that they might enter in through the wall of
the house in the sides round about, to hold in, and not to touch the
wall of the temple.

One by another. . .Or one over another; literally, side to side, or side
upon side.

41:7. And there was a broad passage round about, going up by winding
stairs, and it led into the upper loft of the temple all round:
therefore was the temple broader in the higher parts: and so from the
lower parts they went to the higher by the midst.

41:8. And I saw in the house the height round about, the foundations of
the side chambers which were the measure of a reed the space of six
cubits:

41:9. And the thickness of the wall for the side chamber without, which
was five cubits: and the inner house was within the side chambers of
the house,

And the inner house was within the side chambers of the
house. . .Because these side chambers were in the very walls of the
temple all round. Or, it may also be rendered (more agreeably to the
Hebrew) so as to signify that the thickness of the wall for the side
chamber within, was the same as that of the wall without; that is,
equally five cubits.

41:10. And between the chambers was the breadth of twenty cubits round
about the house on every side.

41:11. And the door of the side chambers was turned towards the place
of prayer: one door was toward the north, and another door was toward
the south: and the breadth of the place for prayer, was five cubits
round about.

41:12. And the building that was separate, and turned to the way that
looked toward the sea, was seventy cubits broad and the wall of the
building, five cubits thick round about: and ninety cubits long.

41:13. And he measured the length of the house, a hundred cubits: and
the separate building, and the walls thereof, a hundred cubits in
length.

41:14. And the breadth before the face of the house, and of the
separate place toward the east, a hundred cubits.

41:15. And he measured the length of the building over against it,
which was separated at the back of it: and the galleries on both sides
a hundred cubits: and the inner temple, and the porches of the court.

41:16. The thresholds, and the oblique windows, and the galleries round
about on three sides, over against the threshold of every one, and
floored with wood all round about: and the ground was up to the
windows, and the windows were shut over the doors.

41:17. And even to the inner house, and without all the wall round
about within and without, by measure.

41:18. And there were cherubims and palm trees wrought, so that a palm
tree was between a cherub and a cherub, and every cherub had two faces.

41:19. The face of a man was toward the palm tree on one side, and the
face of a lion was toward the palm tree on the other side: set forth
through all the house round about.

41:20. From the ground even to the upper parts of the gate, were
cherubims and palm trees wrought in the wall of the temple.

41:21. The threshold was foursquare, and the face of the sanctuary
sight to sight.

The threshold was foursquare. . .That is, the gate of the temple was
foursquare: and so placed as to answer the gate of the sanctuary
within.

41:22. The altar of wood was three cubits high: and the length thereof
was two cubits: and the corners thereof, aid the length thereof, and
the walls thereof, were of wood. And he said to me: This is the table
before the Lord.

41:23. And there were two doors in the temple, and in the sanctuary.

41:24. And in the two doors on both sides were two little doors, which
were folded within each other: for there were two wickets on both sides
of the doors.

41:25. And there were cherubims also wrought in the doors of the
temple, and the figures of palm trees, like as were made on the walls:
for which cause also the planks were thicker in the front of the porch
without.

41:26. Upon which were the oblique windows, and the representation of
palm trees on this side, and on that side in the sides of the porch,
according to the sides of the house, and the breadth of the walls.

Ezechiel Chapter 42

A description of the courts, chambers, and other places belonging to
the temple.

42:1. And he brought me forth into the outward court by the way that
leadeth to the north, and he brought me into the chamber that was over
against the separate building, and over against the house toward the
north.

42:2. In the face of the north door was the length of hundred cubits,
and the breadth of fifty cubits.

42:3. Over against the twenty cubits of the inner court, and over
against the pavement of the outward court that was paved with stone,
where there was a gallery joined to a triple gallery.

42:4. And before the chambers was a walk ten cubits broad, looking to
the inner parts of a way of one cubit. And their doors were toward the
north.

42:5. Where were the store chambers lower above: because they bore up
the galleries, which appeared above out of them from he lower parts,
and from the midst of the building.

42:6. For they were of three stories, and had not pillars, as the
pillars of the courts: therefore did they appear above out of the lower
places, and out of the middle places, fifty cubits from the ground.

42:7. And the outward wall that went about by the chambers, which were
towards the outward court on the forepart of the chambers, was fifty
cubits long.

42:8. For the length of the chambers of the outward court was fifty
cubits: and the length before the face of the temple, a hundred cubits.

42:9. And there was under these chambers, an entrance from the east,
for them that went into them out of the outward court.

42:10. In the breadth of the outward wall of the court that was toward
the east, over against the separate building, and there were chambers
before the building.

42:11. And the way before them was like the chambers which were toward
the north: they were as long as they, and as broad as they: and all the
going in to them, and their fashions, and their doors were alike.

42:12. According to the doors of the chambers that were towards the
south: there was a door in the head of the way, which way was before
the porch, separated towards the east as one entereth in.

42:13. And he said to me: The chambers of the north, and the chambers
of the south, which are before the separate building: they are holy
chambers, in which the priests shall eat, that approach to the Lord
into the holy of holies: there they shall lay the most holy things, and
the offering for sin, and for trespass: for it is a holy place.

42:14. And when the priests shall have entered in, they shall not go
out of the holy places into the outward court: but there they shall lay
their vestments, wherein they minister, for they are holy: and they
shall put on other garments, and so they shall go forth to the people.

42:15. Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he
brought me out by the way of the gate that looked toward the east: and
he measured it on every side round about.

42:16. And he measured toward the east with the measuring reed, five
hundred reeds with the measuring reed round about.

42:17. And he measured toward the north five hundred reeds with the
measuring reed round about.

42:18. And towards the south he measured five hundred reeds with the
measuring reed round about.

42:19. And toward the west he measured five hundred reeds, with the
measuring reed.

42:20. By the four winds he measured the wall thereof on every side
round about, five hundred cubits and five hundred cubits broad, making
a separation between the sanctuary and the place of the people.

Ezechiel Chapter 43

The glory of God returns to the new temple. The Israelites shall no
more profane God's name by idolatry: the prophet is commanded to shew
them the dimensions, and form of the temple, and of the altar, with the
sacrifices to be offered thereon.

43:1. And he brought me to the gate that looked towards the east.

43:2. And behold the glory of the God of Israel came in by the way of
the east: and his voice was like the noise of many waters, and the
earth shone with his majesty.

43:3. And I saw the vision according to the appearance which I had seen
when he came to destroy the city: and the appearance was according to
the vision which I had seen by the river Chobar: and I fell upon my
face.

43:4. And the majesty of the Lord went into the temple by the way of
the gate that looked to the east.

43:5. And the spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court:
and behold the house was filled with the glory of the Lord.

43:6. And I heard one speaking to me out of the house, and the man that
stood by me,

43:7. Said to me: Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of
the soles of my feet, where I dwell in the midst of the children of
Israel for ever: and the house of Israel shall no more profane my holy
name, they and their kings by their fornications, and by the carcasses
of their kings, and by the high places.

43:8. They who have set their threshold by my threshold, and their
posts by my posts: and there was but a wall between me, and them: and
they profaned my holy name by the abominations which they committed:
for which reason I consumed them in my wrath.

43:9. Now therefore let them put away their fornications, and the
carcasses of their kings far from me: and I will dwell in the midst of
them for ever.

43:10. But thou, son of man, shew to the house of Israel the temple,
and let them be ashamed of their iniquities, and let them measure the
building:

43:11. And be ashamed of all that they have done. Shew them the form of
the house, and of the fashion thereof, the goings out and the comings
in, and the whole plan thereof, and all its ordinances, and all its
order, and all its laws, and thou shalt write it in their sight: that
they may keep the whole form thereof, and its ordinances, and do them.

43:12. This is the law of the house upon the top of the mountain: All
its border round about; most holy: this then is the law of the house.

43:13. And these are the measures of the altar by the truest cubit,
which is a cubit and a handbreadth: the bottom thereof was a cubit, and
the breadth a cubit: and the border thereof unto its edge, and round
about, one handbreadth: and this was the trench of the altar.

43:14. And from the bottom of the ground to the lowest brim two cubits,
and the breadth of one cubit: and from the lesser brim to the greater
brim four cubits, and the breadth of one cubit.

43:15. And the Ariel itself was four cubits: and from the Ariel upward
were four horns.

The Ariel. . .That is, the altar itself, or rather the highest part of
it, upon which the burnt offerings were laid. In the Hebrew it is
Harel, that is, the mountain of God: but in the following verse
Haariel, that is, the lion of God; a figure, from its consuming, and as
it were devouring the sacrifices, as a lion devours its prey.

43:16. And the Ariel was twelve cubits long, and twelve cubits broad,
foursquare, with equal sides.

43:17. And the brim was fourteen cubits long, and fourteen cubits broad
in the four corners thereof: and the crown round about it was half a
cubit, and the bottom of it one cubit round about: and its steps turned
toward the east.

43:18. And he said to me: Son of man, thus saith the Lord God: These
are the ceremonies of the altar, in what day soever it shall be made:
that holocausts may be offered upon it, and blood poured out.

43:19. And thou shalt give to the priests, and the Levites, that are of
the race of Sadoc, who approach to me, saith the Lord God, to offer to
me a calf of the herd for sin.

43:20. And thou shalt take of his blood, and shalt put it upon the four
horns thereof, and upon the four corners of the brim, and upon the
crown round about: and thou shalt cleanse, and expiate it.

43:21. And thou shalt take the calf, that is offered for sin: and thou
shalt burn him in a separate place of the house without the sanctuary.

43:22. And in the second day thou shalt offer a he goat without blemish
for sin: and they shall expiate the altar, as they expiated it with the
calf.

43:23. And when thou shalt have made an end of the expiation thereof,
thou shalt offer a calf of the herd without blemish, and a ram of the
flock without blemish.

43:24. And thou shalt offer them in the sight of the Lord, and the
priests shall put salt upon them, and shall offer them a holocaust to
the Lord.

43:25. Seven days shalt thou offer a he goat for sin daily: they shall
offer also a calf of the herd, and a ram of the flock without blemish.

43:26. Seven days shall they expiate the altar, and shall cleanse it:
and they shall consecrate it.

Consecrate it. . .Literally, fill its hand, that is, dedicate and apply
it to holy service.

43:27. And the days being expired, on the eighth day and thenceforward,
the priests shall offer your holocausts upon the altar, and the peace
offerings: and I will be pacified towards you, saith the Lord God.

Ezechiel Chapter 44

The east gate of the sanctuary shall be always shut. The uncircumcised
shall not enter into the sanctuary: nor the Levites that have served
idols: but the sons of Sadoc shall do the priestly functions, who stood
firm in the worst of times.

44:1. And he brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward
sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut.

44:2. And the Lord said to me: This gate shall be shut, it shall not be
opened, and no man shall pass through it: because the Lord the God of
Israel hath entered in by it, and it shall be shut

44:3. For the prince. The prince himself shall sit in it, to eat bread
before the Lord: he shall enter in by the way of the porch of the gate,
and shall go out by the same way.

44:4. And he brought me by the way of the north gate, in the sight of
the house: and I saw, and behold the glory of the Lord filled the house
of the Lord: and I fell on my face.

44:5. And the Lord said to me: Son of man, attend with thy heart and
behold with thy eyes, and hear with thy ears, all that I say to thee
concerning all the ceremonies of the house of the Lord, and concerning
all the laws thereof: and mark well the ways of the temple, with all
the goings out of the sanctuary.

44:6. And thou shalt say to the house of Israel that provoketh me: Thus
saith the Lord God: Let all your wicked doings suffice you, O house of
Israel:

44:7. In that you have brought in strangers uncircumcised in heart, and
uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, and to defile my house:
and you offer my bread, the fat, and the blood: and you have broken my
covenant by all your wicked doings.

44:8. And you have not kept the ordinances of my sanctuary: but you
have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

44:9. Thus saith the Lord God: No stranger uncircumcised in heart, and
uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, no stranger that
is in the midst of the children of Israel.

44:10. Moreover the Levites that went away far from me, when the
children of Israel went astray, and have wandered from me after their
idols, and have borne their iniquity:

44:11. They shall be officers in my sanctuary, and doorkeepers of the
gates of the house, and ministers to the house: they shall slay the
holocausts, and the victims of the people: and they shall stand in
their sight, to minister to them.

44:12. Because they ministered to them before their idols, and were a
stumblingblock of iniquity to the house of Israel: therefore have I
lifted up my hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear
their iniquity:

44:13. And they shall not come near to me, to do the office of priest
to me, neither shall they come near to any of my holy things that are
by the holy of holies: but they shall bear their shame, and their
wickednesses which they have committed.

44:14. And I will make them doorkeepers of the house, for all the
service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.

44:15. But the priests, and Levites, the sons of Sadoc, who kept the
ceremonies of my sanctuary, when the children of Israel went astray
from me, they shall come near to me, to minister to me: and they shall
stand before me, to offer me the fat, and the blood, saith the Lord
God.

44:16. They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to
my table, to minister unto me, and to keep my ceremonies.

44:17. And when they shall enter in at the gates of the inner court,
they shall be clothed with linen garments: neither shall any woollen
come upon them, when they minister in the gates of the inner court and
within.

44:18. They shall have linen mitres on their heads, and linen breeches
on their loins, and they shall not be girded with any thing that
causeth sweat.

44:19. And when they shall go forth to the outward court to the people,
they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them
up in the store chamber of the sanctuary, and they shall clothe
themselves with other garments: and they shall not sanctify the people
with their vestments.

Shall not sanctify the people with their vestments. . .By exposing them
to the danger of touching the sacred vestments, which none were to
touch but they that were sanctified.

44:20. Neither shall they shave their heads, nor wear long hair: but
they shall only poll their heads.

44:21. And no priest shall drink wine when he is to go into the inner
court.

44:22. Neither shall they take to wife a widow, nor one that is
divorced, but they shall take virgins of the seed of the house of
Israel: but they may take a widow also, that is, the widow of a priest.

44:23. And they shall teach my people the difference between holy and
profane, and shew them how to discern between clean and unclean.

44:24. And when there shall be a controversy, they shall stand in my
judgments, and shall judge: they shall keep my laws, and my ordinances
in all my solemnities, and sanctify my sabbaths.

44:25. And they shall come near no dead person, lest they be defiled,
only their father and mother, and son and daughter, and brother and
sister, that hath not had another husband: for whom they may become
unclean.

44:26. And after one is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven
days.

44:27. And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, to the inner
court, to minister unto me in the sanctuary, he shall offer for his
sin, saith the Lord God.

44:28. And they shall have no inheritance, I am their inheritance:
neither shall you give them any possession in Israel, for I am their
possession.

44:29. They shall eat the victim both for sin and for trespass: and
every vowed thing in Israel shall be theirs.

30. And the firstfruits of all the firstborn, and all the libations of
all things that are offered, shall be the priest's: and you shall give
the firstfruits of your meats to the priest, that he may return a
blessing upon thy house.

44:31. The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself or
caught by a beast, whether it be fowl or cattle.

Ezechiel Chapter 45

Portions of land for the sanctuary, for the city, and for the prince.
Ordinances for the prince.

45:1. And when you shall begin to divide the land by lot, separate ye
firstfruits to the Lord, a portion of the land to be holy, in length
twenty-five thousand and in breadth ten thousand: it shall be holy in
all the borders thereof round about.

Twenty-five thousand. . .Viz., reeds or cubits.

45:2. And there shall be for the sanctuary on every side five hundred
by five hundred, foursquare round about: and fifty cubits for the
suburbs thereof round about.

45:3. And with this measure thou shalt measure the length of five and
twenty thousand, and the breadth of ten thousand, and in it shall be
the temple and the holy of holies.

45:4. The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the
ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to the ministry of the Lord:
and it shall be a place for their houses, and for the holy place of the
sanctuary.

45:5. And five and twenty thousand of length, and ten thousand of
breadth shall be for the Levites, that minister in the house: they
shall possess twenty store chambers.

45:6. And you shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand
broad, and five and twenty thousand long, according to the separation
of the sanctuary, for the whole house of Israel.

45:7. For the prince also on the one side and on the other side,
according to the separation of the sanctuary, and according to the
possession of the city, over against the separation of the sanctuary,
and over against the possession of the city: from the side of the sea
even to the sea, and from the side of the east even to the east. And
the length according to every part from the west border to the east
border.

45:8. He shall have a portion of the land in Israel: and the princes
shall no more rob my people: but they shall give the land to the house
of Israel according to their tribes:

45:9. Thus saith the Lord God: Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel:
cease from iniquity and robberies, and execute judgment and justice,
separate your confines from my people, saith the Lord God.

45:10. You shall have just balances, and a just ephi, and a just bate.

45:11. The ephi and the bate shall be equal, and of one measure: that
the bate may contain the tenth part of a core, and the ephi the tenth
part of a core: their weight shall be equal according to the measure of
a core.

The ephi and the bate. . .These measures were of equal capacity, but the
bate served for liquids, and the ephi for dry things.

45:12. And the sicle hath twenty obols. Now twenty sicles, and five and
twenty sicles, and fifteen sicles, make a mna,

45:13. And these are the firstfruits, which you shall take: the sixth
part of an ephi of a core of wheat, and the sixth part of an ephi of a
core of barley.

45:14. The measure of oil also, a bate of oil is the tenth part of a
core: and ten bates make a core: for ten bates fill a core.

45:15. And one ram out of a flock of two hundred, of those that Israel
feedeth for sacrifice, and for holocausts, and for peace offerings, to
make atonement for them, saith the Lord God.

45:16. All the people of the land shall be bound to these firstfruits
for the prince in Israel.

45:17. And the prince shall give the holocaust, and the sacrifice, and
the libations on the feasts, and on the new moons, and on the sabbaths,
and on all the solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall offer the
sacrifice for sin, and the holocaust, and the peace offerings to make
expiation for the house of Israel.

45:18. Thus saith the Lord God: In the first month, the first of the
month, thou shalt take a calf of the herd without blemish, and thou
shalt expiate the sanctuary.

45:19. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering: and
he shall put it on the posts of the house, and on the four corners of
the brim of the altar, and oil the posts of the gate of the inner
court.

45:20. And so shalt thou do in the seventh day of the month, for every
one that hath been ignorant, and hath been deceived by error, and thou
shalt make expiation for the house.

45:21. In the first month, the fourteenth day of the month, you shall
observe the solemnity of the pasch: seven days unleavened bread shall
be eaten.

45:22. And the prince on that day shall offer for himself, and for all
the people of the land, a calf for sin.

45:23. And in the solemnity of the seven days he shall offer for a
holocaust to the Lord, seven calves, and seven rams without blemish
daily for seven days: and for sin a he goat daily.

45:24. And he shall offer the sacrifice of an ephi for every calf, and
an ephi for every ram: and a hin of oil for every ephi.

45:25. In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, in the
solemn feast, he shall do the like for the seven days: as well in
regard to the sin offering, as to the holocaust, and the sacrifice, and
the oil.

Ezechiel Chapter 46

Other ordinances for the prince and for the sacrifices.

46:1. Thus saith the Lord God: The gate of the inner court that looketh
toward the east, shall be shut the six days, on which work is done; but
on the sabbath day it shall be opened, yea and on the day of the new
moon it shall be opened.

46:2. And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of the gate
from without, and he shall stand at the threshold of the gate: and the
priests shall offer his holocaust, and his peace offerings: and he
shall adore upon the threshold of the gate, and shall go out: but the
gate shall not be shut till the evening.

46:3. And the people of the land shall adore at the door of that gate
before the Lord on the sabbaths, and on the new moons.

46:4. And the holocaust that the prince shall offer to the Lord on the
sabbath day, shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without
blemish.

46:5. And the sacrifice of all ephi for a ram: but for the lambs what
sacrifice his hand shall allow: and a hin of oil for every ephi.

46:6. And on the day of the new moon a calf of the herd without
blemish: and the six lambs, and the rams shall be without blemish.

46:7. And he shall offer in sacrifice an ephi for calf, an ephi also
for a ram: but for the lambs, as his hand shall find: and a hin of oil
for every ephi.

46:8. And when the prince is to go in, let him go in by the way of the
porch of the gate, and let him go out the same way.

46:9. But when the people of the land shall go in before the Lord in
the solemn feasts, he that goeth in by the north gate to adore, shall
go out by the way of the south gate; and he that goeth in by the way of
the south gate, shall go out by the way of the north gate: he shall not
return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go out at
that over against it.

46:10. And the prince in the midst of them, shall go in when they go
in, and go out when they go out.

46:11. And in the fairs, and in the solemnities there shall be the
sacrifice of an ephi to a calf, and an ephi to a ram: and to the lambs,
the sacrifice shall be as his hand shall find: and a hin of oil to
every ephi.

46:12. But when the prince shall offer a voluntary holocaust, or
voluntary peace offering to the Lord: the gate that looketh towards the
east shall be opened to him, and he shall offer his holocaust, and his
peace offerings, as it is wont to be done on the sabbath day: and he
shall go out, and the gate shall be shut after he is gone forth.

46:13. And he shall offer every day for a holocaust to the Lord, a lamb
of the same year without blemish: he shall offer it always in the
morning.

46:14. And he shall offer the sacrifice for it morning by morning, the
sixth part of an ephi: and the third part of a hin of oil to be mingled
with the fine flour: a sacrifice to the Lord by ordinance continual and
everlasting.

46:15. He shall offer the lamb, and the sacrifice, and the oil morning
by morning: an everlasting holocaust.

46:16. Thus saith the Lord God: If the prince give a gift to any of his
sons: the inheritance of it shall go to his children, they shall
possess it by inheritance.

46:17. But if he give a legacy out of his inheritance to one of his
servants, it shall be his until the year of release, and it shall
return to the prince: but his inheritance shall go to his sons.

46:18. And the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by
violence, nor of their possession: but out of his own possession he
shall give an inheritance to his sons: that my people be not dispersed
every man from his possession.

46:19. And he brought me in by the entry that was at the side of the
gate, into the chambers of the sanctuary that were for the priests,
which looked toward the north. And there was a place bending to the
west.

46:20. And he said to me: This is the place where the priests shall
boil the sin offering, and the trespass offering: where they shall
dress the sacrifice, that they may not bring it out into the outward
court, and the people be sanctified.

46:21. And he brought me into the outward court, and he led me about by
the four corners of the court: and behold there was a little court in
the corner of the court, to every corner of the court there was a
little court.

46:22. In the four corners of the court were little courts disposed,
forty cubits long, and thirty broad, all the four were of one measure.

46:23. And there was a wall round about compassing the four little
courts, and there were kitchens built under the rows round about.

46:24. And he said to me: This is the house of the kitchens wherein the
ministers of the house of the Lord shall boil the victims of the
people.

Ezechiel Chapter 47

The vision of the holy waters issuing out from under the temple: the
borders of the land to be divided among the twelve tribes.

47:1. And he brought me again to the gate of the house, and behold
waters issued out from under the threshold of the house toward the
east: for the forefront of the house looked toward the east: but the
waters came down to the right side of the temple to the south part of
the altar.

Waters. . .These waters are not to be understood literally (for there
were none such that flowed from the temple); but mystically, of the
baptism of Christ, and of his doctrine and his grace: the trees that
grow on the banks are Christian virtues: the fishes are Christians,
that spiritually live in and by these holy waters, the fishermen are
the apostles, and apostolic preachers: the fenny places, where there is
no health, are such as by being out of the church are separated from
these waters of life.

47:2. And he led me out by the way of the north gate, and he caused me
to turn to the way without the outward gate to the way that looked
toward the east: and behold there ran out waters on the right side.

47:3. And when the man that had the line in his hand went out towards
the east, he measured a thousand cubits: and he brought me through the
water up to the ankles.

47:4. And again he measured a thousand, and he brought me through the
water up to the knees.

47:5. And he measured a thousand, and he brought me through the water
up to the loins. And he measured a thousand, and it was a torrent,
which I could not pass over: for the waters were risen so as to make a
deep torrent, which could not be passed over.

47:6. And he said to me: Surely thou hast seen, O son of man. And he
brought me out, and he caused me to turn to the bank of the torrent.

47:7. And when I had turned myself, behold on the bank of the torrent
were very many trees on both sides.

47:8. And he said to me: These waters that issue forth toward the
hillocks of sand to the east, and go down to the plains of the desert,
shall go into the sea, and shall go out, and the waters shall be
healed.

47:9. And every living creature that creepeth whithersoever the torrent
shall come, shall live: and there shall be fishes in abundance after
these waters shall come thither, and they shall be healed, and all
things shall live to which the torrent shall come.

47:10. And the fishers shall stand over these waters, from Engaddi even
to Engallim there shall be drying of nets: there shall be many sorts of
the fishes thereof, as the fishes of the great sea, a very great
multitude:

47:11. But on the shore thereof, and in the fenny places they shall not
be healed, because they shall be turned into saltpits.

47:12. And by the torrent on the banks thereof on both sides shall grow
all trees that bear fruit: their leaf shall not fall off, and their
fruit shall not fail: every month shall they bring forth firstfruits,
because the waters thereof shall issue out of the sanctuary: and the
fruits thereof shall be for food, and the leaves thereof for medicine.

47:13. Thus saith the Lord God: This is the border, by which you shall
possess the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: for Joseph
hath a double portion.

47:14. And you shall possess it, every man in like manner as his
brother: concerning which I lifted up my hand to give it to your
fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for a possession.

47:15. And this is the border of the land: toward the north side, from
the great sea by the way of Hethalon, as men go to Sedada,

47:16. Emath, Berotha, Sabarim, which is between the border of Damascus
and the border of Emath the house of Tichon, which is by the border of
Auran.

47:17. And the border from the sea even to the court of Enan, shall be
the border of Damascus, and from the north to the north: the border of
Emath, this is the north side.

47:18. And the east side is from the midst of Auran, and from the midst
of Damascus, and from the midst of Galaad, and from the midst of the
land of Israel, Jordan making the bound to the east sea, and thus you
shall measure the east side.

47:19. And the south side southward is, from Thamar even to the waters
of contradiction of Cades: and, the torrent even to the great sea: and
this is the south side southward.

47:20. And the side toward the sea, is the great sea from the borders
straight on, till thou come to Emath: this is the side of the sea.

47:21. And you shall divide this land unto you by the tribes of Israel:

47:22. And you shall divide it by lot for an inheritance to you, and to
the strangers that shall come over to you, that shall beget children
among you: and they shall be unto you as men of the same country born
among the children of Israel: they shall divide the possession with you
in the midst of the tribes of Israel.

47:23. And in what tribe soever the stranger shall be, there shall you
give him possession, saith the Lord God.

Ezechiel Chapter 48

The portions of the twelve tribes, of the sanctuary, of the city, and
of the prince. The dimensions and gates of the city.

48:1. And these are the names of the tribes from the borders of the
north, by the way of Hethalon, as they go to Emath, the court of Enan
the border of Damascus northward, by the way off Emath. And from the
east side thereof to the sea shall be one portion for Dan.

48:2. And by the border of Dan, from the east side even to the side of
the sea, one portion for Aser:

48:3. And by the border of Aser, from the east side even to the side of
the sea one portion for Nephthali.

48:4. And by the border of Nephthali, from the east side even to the
side of the one portion for Manasses.

48:5. And by the border of Manasses, from the east side even to the
side of the sea, one portion for Ephraim.

48:6. And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even to the side
of the sea, one portion for Ruben.

48:7. And by the border of Ruben, from the east side even to the side
of the sea, one portion for Juda.

48:8. And by the border of Juda, from the east side even to the side of
the sea, shall be the firstfruits which you shall set apart, five and
twenty thousand in breadth, and length, as every one of the portions
from the east side to the side of the sea: and the sanctuary shall be
in the midst thereof.

48:9. The firstfruits which you shall set apart for the Lord will be
the length of five and twenty thousand, and the breadth of ten
thousand.

48:10. And these shall be the firstfruits of the sanctuary for the
priests: toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and
toward the sea ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east also ten
thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in
length: and the sanctuary of the Lord shall be in the midst thereof.

48:11. The sanctuary shall be for the priests of the sons of Sadoc, who
kept my ceremonies, and went not astray when the children of Israel
went astray, as the Levites also went astray.

48:12. And for them shall be the firstfruits of the firstfruits of the
land holy of holies, by the border of the Levites,

48:13. And the Levites in like manner shall have by the borders of the
priests five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in
breadth. All the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the
breadth ten thousand.

48:14. And they shall not sell thereof, nor exchange, neither shall the
firstfruits of the land be alienated, because they are sanctified to
the Lord.

48:15. But the five thousand that remain in the breadth over against
the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city for
dwelling, and for suburbs and the city shall be in the midst thereof.

48:16. And these are the measures thereof: on the north side four
thousand and five hundred: and on the south side four thousand and five
hundred: and on the east side four thousand and five hundred: and on
the west side four thousand and five hundred.

48:17. And the suburbs of the city shall be to the north two hundred
and fifty, and the south two hundred and fifty, and to the east two
hundred and fifty, and to the sea two hundred and fifty.

48:18. And the residue in length by the firstfruits of the sanctuary,
ten thousand toward the east, and ten thousand toward the west, shall
be as the firstfruits of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be
for bread to them that serve the city.

48:19. And they that serve the city, shall serve it out of all the
tribes of Israel.

48:20. All the firstfruits, of five and twenty thousand, by five and
twenty thousand foursquare, shall be set apart for the firstfruits of
the sanctuary, and for the possession of the city.

48:21. And the residue shall be for the prince on every side of the
firstfruits of the sanctuary, and of the possession of the city over
against the five and twenty thousand of the firstfruits unto the east
border: toward the sea also over against the five and twenty thousand,
unto the border of the sea, shall likewise be the portion of the
prince: and the firstfruits of the sanctuary, and the sanctuary of the
temple shall be in the midst thereof.

48:22. And from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession
of the city which are in the midst of the prince's portions: what shall
be to the border of Juda, and to the border of Benjamin, shall also
belong to the prince.

48:23. And for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west
side, one portion for Benjamin.

48:24. And over against the border of Benjamin, from the east side to
the west side, one portion for Simeon.

48:25. And by the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west
side, one portion for Issachar.

48:26. And by the border of Issachar, from the east side to the west
side, one portion for Zabulon.

48:27. And by the border of Zabulon, from the east side to the side of
the sea, one portion for Gad.

48:28. And by the border of Gad, the south side southward: and the
border shall be from Thamar, even to the waters of contradiction of
Cades, the inheritance over against the great sea.

48:29. This is the land which you shall divide by lot to the tribes of
Israel: and these are the portions of them, saith the Lord God.

48:30. And these are the goings out of the city: on the north side thou
shalt measure four thousand and five hundred.

48:31. And the gates of the city according to the names of the tribes
of Israel, three gates on the north side, the gate of Ruben one, the
gate of Juda one, the gate of Levi one.

48:32. And at the east side, four thousand and five hundred: and three
gates, the gate of Joseph one, the gate of Benjamin one, the gate of
Dan one.

48:33. And at the south side, thou shalt measure four thousand and five
hundred: and three gates, the gate of Simeon one, the gate of Issachar
one, the gate of Zabulon one.

48:34. And at the west side, four thousand and five hundred, and their
three gates, the gate of Gad one, the gate of Aser one, the gate of
Nephthali one.

48:35. Its circumference was eighteen thousand: and the name of the
city from that day, The Lord is there.

The Lord is there. . . This name is here given to the city, that is, to
the church of Christ: because the Lord is always with her till the end
of the world. Matt. 28.20.

THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL

DANIEL, whose name signifies THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, was of the royal
blood of the kings of Juda: and one of those that were first of all
carried away into captivity. He was so renowned for wisdom and
knowledge, that it became a proverb among the Babylonians, AS WISE AS
DANIEL (Ezech. 28.3). And his holiness was so great from his very
childhood, that at the time when he was as yet but a young man, he is
joined by the SPIRIT of GOD with NOE and JOB, as three persons most
eminent for virtue and sanctity, Ezech. 14. He is not commonly numbered
by the Hebrews among THE PROPHETS: because he lived at court, and in

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