Dimensions of the Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the (A)altar in cubits (B)(the [a]cubit is one cubit and a handbreadth): the base one cubit high and one cubit wide, with a rim all around its edge of one span. This is the height of the altar: 14 from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits; the width of the ledge, one cubit; from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits; and the width of the ledge, one cubit. 15 The altar hearth is four cubits high, with four (C)horns extending upward from the [b]hearth. 16 The altar hearth is twelve cubits long, twelve wide, (D)square at its four corners; 17 the ledge, fourteen cubits long and fourteen wide on its four sides, with a rim of half a cubit around it; its base, one cubit all around; and (E)its steps face toward the east.”

Consecrating the Altar

18 And He said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord God: ‘These are the ordinances for the altar on the day when it is made, for sacrificing (F)burnt offerings on it, and for (G)sprinkling blood on it. 19 You shall give (H)a young bull for a sin offering to (I)the priests, the Levites, who are of the seed of (J)Zadok, who approach Me to minister to Me,’ says the Lord God. 20 ‘You shall take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim around it; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21 Then you shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and (K)burn it in the appointed place of the [c]temple, (L)outside the sanctuary.

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  1. Ezekiel 43:13 A royal cubit of about 21 inches
  2. Ezekiel 43:15 Heb. ariel
  3. Ezekiel 43:21 Lit. house

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