"These are the measurements of the altar1 in long cubits,a that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth: Its gutter is a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one spanb around the edge. And this is the height of the altar:
From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge that goes around the altar it is two cubits high, and the ledge is a cubit wide.c From this lower ledge to the upper ledge that goes around the altar it is four cubits high, and that ledge is also a cubit wide.d15
Above that, the altar hearth2 is four cubits high, and four horns3 project upward from the hearth.
The altar hearth is square, twelve cubitse long and twelve cubits wide.417
The upper ledge5 also is square, fourteen cubitsf long and fourteen cubits wide. All around the altar is a gutter of one cubit with a rim of half a cubit.g The steps6 of the altar face east.7"
Then he said to me, "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offerings8 and splashing blood9 against the altar when it is built:
You are to give a young bull10 as a sin offeringh to the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok,11 who come near12 to minister before me, declares the Sovereign LORD.
You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar13 and on the four corners of the upper ledge14 and all around the rim, and so purify the altar15 and make atonement for it.
You are to take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the designated part of the temple area outside the sanctuary.1622
"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.1724
You are to offer them before the LORD, and the priests are to sprinkle salt18 on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the LORD.
"For seven days19 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.2026
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 day21 on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings22 and fellowship offerings23 on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Sovereign LORD."