Then the man brought me to the gate facing east,1
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and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters,2 and the land was radiant with his glory.3
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The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.
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The glory4 of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east.5
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Then the Spirit6 lifted me up7 and brought me into the inner court, and the glory8 of the LORD filled the temple.9
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While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple.
He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne10 and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile11 my holy name--neither they nor their kings--by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at their high places.12
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When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger.
Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings, and I will live among them forever.13
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"Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed14 of their sins. Let them consider the plan,
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and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple--its arrangement, its exits and entrances--its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.15
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"This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area16 on top of the mountain will be most holy.17 Such is the law of the temple.
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"These are the measurements of the altar18 in long cubits, that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth: Its gutter is a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one span around the edge. And this is the height of the altar:
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From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge it is two cubits high and a cubit wide, and from the smaller ledge up to the larger ledge it is four cubits high and a cubit wide.
The altar hearth19 is four cubits high, and four horns20 project upward from the hearth.
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The altar hearth is square, twelve cubits long and twelve cubits wide.21
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The upper ledge22 also is square, fourteen cubits long and fourteen cubits wide, with a rim of half a cubit and a gutter of a cubit all around. The steps23 of the altar face east.24"
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Then he said to me, "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offerings25 and sprinkling blood26 upon the altar when it is built:
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You are to give a young bull27 as a sin offering to the priests, who are Levites, of the family of Zadok,28 who come near29 to minister before me, declares the Sovereign LORD.
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You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar30 and on the four corners of the upper ledge31 and all around the rim, and so purify the altar32 and make atonement for it.
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You are to take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the designated part of the temple area outside the sanctuary.33
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"On the second day you are to offer a male goat without defect for a sin offering, and the altar is to be purified as it was purified with the bull.
When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.34
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You are to offer them before the LORD, and the priests are to sprinkle salt35 on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the LORD.
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"For seven days36 you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering; you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.37
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For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; thus they will dedicate it.
At the end of these days, from the eighth day38 on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings39 and fellowship offerings40 on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Sovereign LORD."
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