Ezekiel 43:1-12 (New International Reader's Version)

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The Glory of the LORD Returns to the Temple

1 Then the man brought me to the east gate. 2 There I saw the glory of the God of Israel. He was coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters. His glory made the land shine brightly. 3 The vision I saw was like the one I had when he came to destroy the city. It was also like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River. I fell with my face toward the ground. 4 The glory of the LORD entered the temple through the east gate. 5 Then the Spirit lifted me up. He brought me into the inner courtyard. The glory of the LORD filled the temple. 6 The man was standing beside me. I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. 7 He said, "Son of man, this is the place where my throne is. The stool for my feet is also here. I will live here among the people of Israel forever. They will never again treat my name as if it were not holy. They and their kings will not serve other gods anymore. The people will no longer worship the lifeless gods of their kings at their high places. 8 "The people of Israel placed their own doorway next to my holy doorway. They put their doorposts right beside mine. Nothing but a thin wall separated us. They treated my name as if it were not holy. I hated it when they did that. So I became angry with them and destroyed them. 9 Now let them stop serving other gods. Let them quit worshiping the lifeless gods of their kings. If they obey me, I will live among them forever. 10 "Son of man, tell the people of Israel about the temple. Then they will be ashamed of their sins. Let them think carefully about the plan of the temple. 11 What if they are ashamed of everything they have done? Then show them all of the plans of the temple. Explain to them how it is laid out. Tell them about its exits and entrances. Show them exactly what it will look like. Give them all of its rules and laws. Write everything down so they can see it. Then they will be faithful to its plan. And they will obey all of its rules. 12 "Here is the law of the temple. The whole area on top of Mount Zion will be very holy. That is the law of the temple."
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