Ezekiel 45:1-12 NIV

Division of the Land

1 " 'When you allot the land as an inheritance,1 you are to present to the LORD a portion of the land as a sacred district, 25,000 cubits long and 20,000a cubits wide; the entire area will be holy.2

References for Ezekiel 45:1

    • a 45:1 - Septuagint (see also verses 3 and 5 and 48:9); Hebrew "10,000"
      2 Of this, a section 500 cubits square3 is to be for the sanctuary, with 50 cubits around it for open land.

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      3 In the sacred district, measure off a section 25,000 cubitsb long and 10,000 cubitsc wide. In it will be the sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.

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        • b 45:3 - That is, about 7 miles (about 12 kilometers)
        • c 45:3 - That is, about 3 miles (about 5 kilometers)
          4 It will be the sacred portion of the land for the priests,4 who minister in the sanctuary and who draw near to minister before the LORD. It will be a place for their houses as well as a holy place for the sanctuary.5

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          5 An area 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide will belong to the Levites, who serve in the temple, as their possession for towns to live in.d6

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            • d 45:5 - Septuagint; Hebrew "temple; they will have as their possession 20 rooms"
              6 " 'You are to give the city as its property an area "5,000 cubits wide and 25,000 cubits long, adjoining the sacred portion; it will belong to the whole house of Israel.7

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              7 " 'The prince will have the land bordering each side of the area formed by the sacred district and the property of the city. It will extend westward from the west side and eastward from the east side, running lengthwise from the western to the eastern border parallel to one of the tribal portions.8

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              8 This land will be his possession in Israel. And my princes will no longer oppress my people but will allow the house of Israel to possess the land according to their tribes.9

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              9 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, O princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression10 and do what is just and right.11 Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.

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              10 You are to use accurate scales,12 an accurate ephahe13 and an accurate bath.f

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                • e 45:10 - An ephah was a dry measure.
                • f 45:10 - A bath was a liquid measure.
                  11 The ephah14 and the bath are to be the same size, the bath containing a tenth of a homerg and the ephah a tenth of a homer; the homer is to be the standard measure for both.

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                    • g 45:11 - A homer was a dry measure.
                      12 The shekelh is to consist of twenty gerahs.15 Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.i

                      References for Ezekiel 45:12

                        • h 45:12 - A shekel weighed about 2/5 ounce (about 11.5 grams).
                        • i 45:12 - That is, 60 shekels; the common mina was 50 shekels.