Ezekiel 45

1“You will divide the land for the Israelite family groups by throwing lots. At that time, you will separate a part of the land. It will be a holy part for the Lord. The land will be 25,000 cubits long and 20,000 cubits wide. All of this land will be holy. 2A square area that is 500 cubits long on each side will be for the temple. There will be an open space around the temple that is 50 cubits wide. 3In the holy area you will measure 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. The temple will be in this area. The temple area will be the Most Holy Place. 4This holy part of the land will be for the priests, the servants of the temple, where they come near to serve the Lord. It will be a place for the priests’ houses and a place for the temple. 5Another area, 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide, will be for the Levites who serve in the temple. This land will also belong to the Levites for their cities to live in. 6“And you will give the city an area that is 5,000 cubits wide and 25,000 cubits long. It will be along the side of the holy area. It will be for all the family of Israel. 7The ruler will have land on both sides of the holy area and of the land belonging to the city. It will be in the area between the holy area and the area belonging to the city. It will be the same width as the land that belongs to a family group. It will go all the way from the west border to the east border. 8This land will be the ruler’s property in Israel. So the ruler won’t need to make life hard for my people any more. But they will give the land to the Israelites for their family groups.” 9The Lord my Master said these things, “Enough, you rulers of Israel! Stop being cruel and stealing things from people! Be fair and do good things! Stop forcing my people out from their homes!” The Lord my Master said these things. 10“Stop cheating people. Use accurate scales and measures! 11The ephah ˻(a dry measure)˼ and the bath ˻(a liquid measure)˼ must be the same size: A bath and an ephah must both equal 1/10 homer. Those measures will be based on the homer. 12A shekel must equal 20 gerahs. A mina must equal 60 shekels. It must be equal to 20 shekels plus 25 shekels plus 15 shekels. 13“This is a special offering that you must give: 1/6 ephah of wheat for every homer of wheat; 1/6 ephah of barley for every homer of barley; 141/10 bath of olive oil for every cor of olive oil; Remember: Ten baths make a homer. Ten baths make a cor. 15And one sheep for every 200 sheep from every watering hole in Israel. “Those special offerings are for the grain offerings, for the burnt offerings, and for the fellowship offerings. These offerings are to make the people pure.” The Lord my Master said these things. 16“Every person in the country will give to this offering for the ruler of Israel. 17But the ruler must give the things needed for the special holy days. The ruler must provide the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the drink offerings for the feast days, for the New Moons, for the Sabbaths, and for all the special feasts of the family of Israel. The ruler must give all the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and fellowship offerings that are used to make the family of Israel pure.” 18The Lord my Master says these things, “In the first month, on the first day of the month, you will take a young bull that has nothing wrong with it. You must use that bull to make the temple pure. 19The priest will take some of the blood from the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple and on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the posts of the gate to the inner courtyard. 20You will do the same thing on the seventh day of that month for any person who has sinned by mistake or by not knowing it. So you will make the temple pure. 21“On the 14th day of the first month you must celebrate the Passover. The festival of unleavened bread begins at this time. That festival continues for seven days. 22At that time, the ruler will offer a bull for himself and for all the people of Israel. The bull will be for a sin offering. 23During the seven days of the feast the ruler will offer seven bulls and seven rams that have nothing wrong with them. They will be burnt offerings to the Lord. The ruler will offer one bull on every day of the seven days of the festival. And he will offer a male goat every day for a sin offering. 24The ruler will give an ephah ˻of barley˼ as a grain offering with each bull, and an ephah ˻of barley˼ with each ram. And the ruler must give a hin of oil for each ephah ˻of grain˼. 25The ruler must do the same thing for the seven days of the Festival ˻of Shelters˼. This festival begins on the 15th day of the seventh month. These offerings will be the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering and the oil offering.”

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