16 ‘This is what the Lord God says: “If the prince gives a (A)gift from his inheritance to any of his sons, it shall belong to his sons; it is their possession by inheritance. 17 But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his until the (B)year of [a]release; then it shall return to the prince. His inheritance shall be only his sons’; it shall belong to them. 18 And the prince shall (C)not take from the people’s inheritance, [b](D)depriving them of their property; he shall give his sons inheritance from his own property, so that My people will not be scattered, anyone from his property.”’”

The Boiling Places

19 Then he brought me through the (E)entrance, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers for the priests, which faced north; and behold, a place was there at the extreme rear toward the west. 20 And he said to me, “This is the place where the priests shall boil the (F)guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall (G)bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them out into the outer courtyard [c]and transfer holiness to the people.”

21 Then he brought me out into the outer courtyard and led me across to the four corners of the courtyard; and behold, in every corner of the courtyard there was a small courtyard. 22 In the four corners of the courtyard there were enclosed courtyards, forty [d]cubits long and thirty wide; these four in the corners were [e]the same size. 23 And there was a row of masonry all around in them, around the four of them, and cooking hearths were made under the rows all around. 24 Then he said to me, “These are the cooking [f]places where the ministers of the house shall cook the sacrifices of the people.”

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 46:17 Or liberty
  2. Ezekiel 46:18 Lit oppressing
  3. Ezekiel 46:20 Lit to
  4. Ezekiel 46:22 Each of these cubits equals about 21 in. or 53 cm
  5. Ezekiel 46:22 Lit one measure
  6. Ezekiel 46:24 Lit houses