1 The use of the temple
1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary ch. 43:1which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
2 Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; ch. 43:4because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to Gen. 31:54;1 Cor. 10:18eat bread before the Lord; ch. 46:2,8he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
4 Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and ch. 3:23behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: ch. 1:28and I fell upon my face.
5 And the Lord said unto me, ch. 40:4Son of man, [a]mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and [b]mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
6 And thou shalt say to the ch. 2:5rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, ch. 45:9;1 Pet. 4:3let it suffice you of all your abominations,
7 ver. 9;ch. 43:8;Acts 21:28In that ye have brought into my sanctuary Lev. 22:25[c]strangers, Lev. 26:41;Acts 7:51uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer Lev. 21:17my bread, Lev. 3:16the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
9 Thus saith the Lord God; ver. 7No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
10 2 Ki. 23:8;ch. 48:11And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, 1 Chr. 26:1having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: 2 Chr. 29:34they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and Num. 16:9they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and Is. 9:16;Mal. 2:8[e]caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I Ps. 106:26lift up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.
13 Num. 18:3;2 Ki. 23:9And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall ch. 32:30bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
14 But I will make them Num. 18:4;1 Chr. 23:28keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.
15 ch. 40:46But the priests the Levites, 1 Sam. 2:35the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary ver. 10when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they Deut. 10:8shall stand before me to offer unto me ver. 7the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God:
16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to ch. 41:22my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, Ex. 28:39they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, ch. 42:14they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall ch. 46:20;Ex. 30:29;Lev. 6:27;Mat. 23:17not sanctify the people with their garments.
20 Lev. 21:5Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.
21 Lev. 10:9Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
23 And ch. 22:26;Mal. 2:7they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
24 And Deut. 17:8;2 Chr. 19:8in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; See ch. 22:26and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.
26 And Num. 6:10;& 19:11after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.
27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, ver. 17unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, Lev. 4:3he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord God.
28 And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I Num. 18:20;Deut. 10:9;& 18:1,2;Josh. 13:14am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.
30 And the Ex. 13:2;& 22:29;& 23:19;Num. 3:13;& 18:12[k]first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priests': ye Num. 15:20;Neh. 10:37shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, Prov. 3:9;Mal. 3:10that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.
31 The priests shall not eat of any thing that is Ex. 22:31;Lev. 22:8dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.
32 Division of the land