Sacrifices at Appointed Times
1“This is what the Lord God says: The gate of the inner court that faces east must be closed during the six days of work, but it will be opened on the Sabbath day Ex 20:9-10 and opened on the day of the New Moon.
2The prince should enter from the outside by way of the gate’s portico and stand at the doorpost of the gate while the priests sacrifice his burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He will bow in worship at the threshold of the gate and then depart, but the gate must not be closed until evening.
3The people of the land will also bow in worship before the Lord at the entrance of that gate on the Sabbaths and New Moons.
4“The burnt offering that the prince presents to the Lord Ezk 45:17 on the Sabbath day is to be six unblemished lambs Nm 28:9 and an unblemished ram.
5The grain offering will be half a bushel Lit an ephah with the ram, Nm 28:12; Ezk 45:24 and the grain offering with the lambs will be whatever he wants to give, as well as a gallon Lit a hin of oil for every half bushel.
6On the day of the New Moon, the burnt offering is to be a young, unblemished bull, as well as six lambs and a ram without blemish.
7He will provide a grain offering of half a bushel Lit an ephah with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he can afford with the lambs, together with a gallon Lit a hin of oil for every half bushel.
8When the prince enters, Ezk 44:3 he must go in by way of the gate’s portico and go out the same way.
9“When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed times, Or the festivals Ex 23:14-17 whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship must go out by way of the south gate, and whoever enters by way of the south gate must go out by way of the north gate. No one must return through the gate by which he entered, but must go out by the opposite gate.
10When the people enter, the prince will enter with them, and when they leave, he will leave.
11At the festivals and appointed times, the grain offering will be half a bushel Lit an ephah with the bull, half a bushel with the ram, and whatever he wants to give with the lambs, along with a gallon Lit a hin of oil for every half bushel.
12“When the prince makes a freewill offering, whether a burnt offering or a fellowship offering as a freewill offering to the Lord, Lv 23:38 the gate that faces east must be opened for him. He is to offer his burnt offering or fellowship offering just as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he will go out, and the gate must be closed after he leaves.
13“You must offer an unblemished year-old male lamb as a daily burnt offering to the Lord; you will offer it every morning. Ex 29:38
14You must also prepare a grain offering every morning along with it: three quarts, Lit one-sixth of an ephah with one-third of a gallon Lit one-third of a hin of oil to moisten the fine flour — a grain offering to the Lord. This is a permanent statute to be observed regularly.
15They will offer the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil every morning as a regular burnt offering.
Transfer of Royal Lands
16“This is what the Lord God says: If the prince gives a gift to each of his sons as their inheritance, it will belong to his sons. It will become their property by inheritance.
17But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to that servant until the year of freedom, Lv 25:10 when it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs only to his sons; it is theirs.
18The prince must not take any of the people’s inheritance, evicting them from their property. Ezk 45:8-9 He is to provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people will be displaced from his own property.”
The Temple Kitchens
19Then he brought me through the entrance Ezk 42:9 that was at the side of the gate, into the priests’ holy chambers, which faced north. I saw a place there at the far western end.
20He said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the restitution offering and the sin offering, 2Ch 35:13; Ezk 44:29 and where they will bake the grain offering, Lv 2:4-7 so that they do not bring them into the outer court and transmit holiness to the people.”
21Next he brought me into the outer court and led me past its four corners. There was a separate court in each of its corners.
22In the four corners of the outer court there were enclosed Hb obscure courts, 70 feet Lit 40 cubits long by 52 1/2 feet Lit 30 cubits wide. All four corner areas had the same dimensions.
23There was a stone wall Or a row around the inside of them, around the four of them, with ovens built at the base of the walls on all sides.
24He said to me: “These are the kitchens where those who minister at the temple will cook the people’s sacrifices.”
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