Water Flowing from the Temple

47 Then he brought me back to (A)the door of the temple, and behold, (B)water was issuing from below (C)the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of (D)the altar. Then he brought me out by way of (E)the north gate and led me around on the outside to (F)the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.

Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, (G)the man measured a thousand cubits,[a] and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, (H)“Son of man, (I)have you seen this?”

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river (J)very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into (K)the Arabah, and enters the sea;[b] when the water flows into (L)the sea, the water will become fresh.[c] And wherever the river goes,[d] every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea[e] may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10 Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From (M)Engedi to (N)Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of (O)the Great Sea.[f] 11 But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12 And on the banks, (P)on both sides of the river, there will grow (Q)all kinds of trees for food. (R)Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, (S)but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and (T)their leaves for healing.”

Division of the Land

13 Thus says the Lord God: “This is the boundary[g] by which (U)you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. (V)Joseph shall have two portions. 14 And you shall divide equally what (W)I swore (X)to give to your fathers. (Y)This land shall fall to you as your inheritance.

15 “This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from (Z)the Great Sea (AA)by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to (AB)Zedad,[h] 16 (AC)Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between (AD)Damascus and (AE)Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 So the boundary shall run from the sea to (AF)Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north.[i] This shall be the north side.[j]

18 “On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between (AG)Gilead and the land of Israel; to (AH)the eastern sea and as far as Tamar.[k] This shall be the east side.

19 “On the south side, it shall run from (AI)Tamar as far as (AJ)the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along (AK)the Brook of Egypt[l] to (AL)the Great Sea. This shall be the south side.

20 “On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point (AM)opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side.

21 (AN)“So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. 22 (AO)You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and (AP)for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. (AQ)They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God.

48 “These are the names of the tribes: Beginning at the northern extreme, beside (AR)the way of Hethlon (AS)to Lebo-hamath, as far as (AT)Hazar-enan (which is on the northern border of (AU)Damascus over against Hamath), and extending[m] from the east side to the west,[n] (AV)Dan, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, (AW)Asher, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, (AX)Naphtali, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, Manasseh, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, Ephraim, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, Reuben, one portion. Adjoining the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, Judah, one portion.

“Adjoining the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be (AY)the portion which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits[o] in breadth, and in length equal to one of the tribal portions, from the east side to the west, with (AZ)the sanctuary in the midst of it. The portion that you shall set apart for the Lord shall be 25,000 cubits in length, and 20,000[p] in breadth. 10 (BA)These shall be the allotments of the holy portion: the priests shall have an allotment measuring 25,000 cubits on the northern side, 10,000 cubits in breadth on the western side, 10,000 in breadth on the eastern side, and 25,000 in length on the southern side, with the sanctuary of the Lord in the midst of it. 11 This shall be for (BB)the consecrated priests, (BC)the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, (BD)as the Levites did. 12 And it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites. 13 (BE)And alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites shall have an allotment 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in breadth. The whole length shall be 25,000 cubits and the breadth 20,000.[q] 14 They (BF)shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate (BG)this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.

15 (BH)“The remainder, 5,000 cubits in breadth and 25,000 in length, shall be (BI)for common use for the city, for dwellings and for (BJ)open country. In the midst of it shall be the city, 16 and these shall be its measurements: (BK)the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500, the east side 4,500, and the west side 4,500. 17 And the city shall have open land: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250, on the east 250, and on the west 250. 18 The remainder of the length alongside the holy portion shall be 10,000 cubits to the east, and 10,000 to the west, and it shall be alongside the holy portion. (BL)Its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. 19 And the workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall till it. 20 The whole portion that (BM)you shall set apart shall be 25,000 cubits square, that is, the holy portion together with the property of the city.

21 (BN)“What remains on both sides of the holy portion and of the property of the city shall belong to the prince. Extending from the 25,000 cubits of the holy portion to the east border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the west border, parallel to the tribal portions, it shall belong to the prince. (BO)The holy portion with the sanctuary of the temple shall be in its midst. 22 It shall be separate from the property of the Levites and the property of the city, which are in the midst of that which belongs to the prince. The portion of the prince shall lie between the territory of Judah and the territory of Benjamin.

23 “As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west, Benjamin, one portion. 24 Adjoining the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, Simeon, one portion. 25 Adjoining the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, Issachar, one portion. 26 Adjoining the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, Zebulun, one portion. 27 Adjoining the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, Gad, one portion. 28 And adjoining the territory of Gad to the south, the boundary shall run (BP)from Tamar to the waters of (BQ)Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt[r] to (BR)the Great Sea.[s] 29 This is the land that (BS)you shall allot as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions, declares the Lord God.

The Gates of the City

30 “These shall be (BT)the exits of the city: On the north side, which is to be (BU)4,500 cubits by measure, 31 (BV)three gates, the gate of (BW)Reuben, the gate of (BX)Judah, and the gate of (BY)Levi, the gates of the city being named after the tribes of Israel. 32 On the east side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates, the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan. 33 On the south side, which is to be 4,500 cubits by measure, three gates, the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun. 34 On the west side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates,[t] the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali. 35 The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And (BZ)the name of the city from that time on shall be, (CA)The Lord Is There.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 47:3 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  2. Ezekiel 47:8 That is, the Dead Sea
  3. Ezekiel 47:8 Hebrew will be healed; also verses 9, 11
  4. Ezekiel 47:9 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; Hebrew the two rivers go
  5. Ezekiel 47:9 Hebrew lacks the waters of the sea
  6. Ezekiel 47:10 That is, the Mediterranean Sea; also verses 15, 19, 20
  7. Ezekiel 47:13 Probable reading; Hebrew The valley of the boundary
  8. Ezekiel 47:15 Septuagint; Hebrew the entrance of Zedad, Hamath
  9. Ezekiel 47:17 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  10. Ezekiel 47:17 Probable reading; Hebrew and as for the north side
  11. Ezekiel 47:18 Compare Syriac; Hebrew to the eastern sea you shall measure
  12. Ezekiel 47:19 Hebrew lacks of Egypt
  13. Ezekiel 48:1 Probable reading; Hebrew and they shall be his
  14. Ezekiel 48:1 Septuagint (compare verses 2–8); Hebrew the east side the west
  15. Ezekiel 48:8 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  16. Ezekiel 48:9 Compare 45:1; Hebrew 10,000
  17. Ezekiel 48:13 Septuagint; Hebrew 10,000
  18. Ezekiel 48:28 Hebrew lacks of Egypt
  19. Ezekiel 48:28 That is, the Mediterranean Sea
  20. Ezekiel 48:34 One Hebrew manuscript, Syriac (compare Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts their gates three

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