Ezekiel 46:1-18 NIV

1 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The gate of the inner court1 facing east2 is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon3 it is to be opened.

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2 The prince is to enter from the outside through the portico4 of the gateway and stand by the gatepost. The priests are to sacrifice his burnt offering5 and his fellowship offerings.a He is to worship at the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be shut until evening.6

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    • a 46:2 - Traditionally "peace offerings"; also in verse 12
      3 On the Sabbaths7 and New Moons the people of the land are to worship in the presence of the LORD at the entrance to that gateway.8

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      4 The burnt offering the prince brings to the LORD on the Sabbath day is to be six male lambs and a ram, all without defect.
      5 The grain offering given with the ram is to be an ephah,b and the grain offering with the lambs is to be as much as he pleases, along with a hinc of oil for each ephah.9

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        • b 46:5 - That is, probably about 3/5 bushel (about 22 liters)
        • c 46:5 - That is, probably about 4 quarts (about 4 liters)
          6 On the day of the New Moon10 he is to offer a young bull, six lambs and a ram, all without defect.11

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          7 He is to provide as a grain offering one ephah with the bull, one ephah with the ram, and with the lambs as much as he wants to give, along with a hin of oil with each ephah.12

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          8 When the prince enters, he is to go in through the portico13 of the gateway, and he is to come out the same way.14

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          9 " 'When the people of the land come before the LORD at the appointed feasts,15 whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which he entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate.

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          10 The prince is to be among them, going in when they go in and going out when they go out.16

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          11 " 'At the festivals and the appointed feasts, the grain offering is to be an ephah with a bull, an ephah with a ram, and with the lambs as much as one pleases, along with a hin of oil for each ephah.17

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              12 When the prince provides18 a freewill offering19 to the LORD--whether a burnt offering or fellowship offerings--the gate facing east is to be opened for him. He shall offer his burnt offering or his fellowship offerings as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out, the gate will be shut.20

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                  13 " 'Every day you are to provide a year-old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD; morning by morning21 you shall provide it.22

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                  14 You are also to provide with it morning by morning a grain offering, consisting of a sixth of an ephah with a third of a hin of oil23 to moisten the flour. The presenting of this grain offering to the LORD is a lasting ordinance.24

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                  15 So the lamb and the grain offering and the oil shall be provided morning by morning for a regular25 burnt offering.26

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                  16 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: If the prince makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his sons, it will also belong to his descendants; it is to be their property by inheritance.27

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                  17 If, however, he makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, the servant may keep it until the year of freedom;28 then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs to his sons only; it is theirs.

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                  18 The prince must not take29 any of the inheritance30 of the people, driving them off their property. He is to give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that none of my people will be separated from his property.' "

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