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Ezekiel 43Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Return of the Lord’s Glory

43 He led me to the gate, the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of mighty waters, and the earth shone with His glory. The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when He[a] came to destroy the city, and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal. I fell facedown. The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from the temple. He said to me: “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel and their kings will no longer defile My holy name by their religious prostitution and by the corpses[b] of their kings at their high places.[c] Whenever they placed their threshold next to My threshold and their doorposts beside My doorposts, with only a wall between Me and them, they were defiling My holy name by the detestable acts they committed. So I destroyed them in My anger. Now let them remove their prostitution and the corpses[d] of their kings far from Me, and I will dwell among them forever.

10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities. Let them measure its pattern, 11 and they will be ashamed of all that they have done. Reveal[e] the design of the temple to them—its layout with its exits and entrances—its complete design along with all its statutes, design specifications, and laws. Write it down in their sight so that they may observe its complete design and all its statutes and may carry them out. 12 This is the law of the temple: all its surrounding territory on top of the mountain will be especially holy. Yes, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altar in units of length (each unit being the standard length plus three inches):[f] the gutter is 21 inches[g] deep and 21 inches wide, with a rim of nine inches[h] around its edge. This is the base[i] of the altar. 14 The distance from the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge is 3½ feet,[j] and the width of the ledge is 21 inches.[k] There are seven feet[l] from the small ledge to the large ledge, whose width is also 21 inches. 15 The altar hearth[m] is seven feet[n] high, and four horns project upward from the hearth. 16 The hearth is square, 21 feet[o] long by 21 feet wide. 17 The ledge is 24½ feet[p] long by 24½ feet wide, with four equal sides. The rim all around it is 10½ inches,[q] and its gutter is 21 inches[r] all around it. The altar’s steps face east.”

18 Then He said to me: “Son of man, this is what the Lord God says: These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is constructed, so that burnt offerings may be sacrificed on it and blood may be sprinkled on it: 19 You are to give a bull from the herd as a sin offering to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok, who approach Me in order to serve Me.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 20 “You must take some of its blood and apply it to the four horns of the altar, the four corners of the ledge, and all around the rim. In this way you will purify the altar and make atonement for it. 21 Then you must take away the bull for the sin offering, and it must be burned outside the sanctuary in the place appointed for the temple.

22 “On the second day you are to present an unblemished male goat as a sin offering. They will purify the altar just as they did with the bull. 23 When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull and an unblemished ram from the flock. 24 You must present them before the Lord; the priests will throw salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25 You will offer a goat for a sin offering each day for seven days. A young bull and a ram from the flock, both unblemished, must also be offered. 26 For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it. In this way they will consecrate it[s] 27 and complete the days of purification. Then on the eighth day and afterward, the priests will offer your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar, and I will accept you.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.


  1. Ezekiel 43:3 Some Hb mss, Theod, Vg; other Hb mss, LXX, Syr read I
  2. Ezekiel 43:7 Or monuments
  3. Ezekiel 43:7 Some Hb mss, Theod, Tg read their death
  4. Ezekiel 43:9 Or monuments
  5. Ezekiel 43:11 LXX, Vg; MT reads pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed . . . done, reveal
  6. Ezekiel 43:13 Lit in cubits (a cubit being a cubit plus a handbreadth)
  7. Ezekiel 43:13 Lit one cubit
  8. Ezekiel 43:13 Lit one span
  9. Ezekiel 43:13 LXX reads height
  10. Ezekiel 43:14 Lit two cubits
  11. Ezekiel 43:14 Lit one cubit
  12. Ezekiel 43:14 Lit four cubits
  13. Ezekiel 43:15 Hb obscure
  14. Ezekiel 43:15 Lit four cubits
  15. Ezekiel 43:16 Lit 12 cubits
  16. Ezekiel 43:17 Lit 14 cubits
  17. Ezekiel 43:17 Lit one-half cubit
  18. Ezekiel 43:17 Lit one cubit
  19. Ezekiel 43:26 Lit will fill its hands

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