"These are the measurements of 1the altar by cubits (the cubit being 2a cubit and a handbreadth): its base shall be one cubit high and one cubit broad, with a rim of one span around its edge. And this shall be the height of the altar:
from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits, with a breadth of one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits, with a breadth of one cubit;
and the altar hearth, four cubits; and from the altar hearth projecting upward, 3four horns.
The altar hearth shall be 4square, twelve cubits long by twelve broad.
The ledge also shall be square, fourteen cubits long by fourteen broad, with a rim around it half a cubit broad, and its base one cubit all around. 5The steps of the altar shall face east."
And he said to me, 6"Son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: These are the ordinances for the altar: On the day when it is erected for offering burnt offerings upon it and 7for throwing blood against it,
you shall give to 8the Levitical priests 9of the family of Zadok, who draw near to me to minister to me, declares the Lord GOD, 10a bull from the herd for a sin offering.
And 11you shall take some of its blood and put it on 12the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the ledge and upon 13the rim all around. 14Thus you shall purify the altar and make atonement for it.
You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and 15it shall be burned in the appointed place belonging to the temple, outside the sacred area.
And on the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering; and the altar shall be purified, as it was purified with the bull.
When you have finished 16purifying it, you shall offer a bull from the herd without blemish and 17a ram from the flock without blemish.
You shall present them before the LORD, and the priests 18shall sprinkle salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the LORD.
19For seven days you shall provide daily a male goat for a sin offering; also, a bull from the herd and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be provided.
Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it.
And when they have completed these days, then 20from the eighth day onward the priests shall offer on the altar your burnt offerings and your 21peace offerings, and 22I will accept you, declares the Lord GOD."