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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 43

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The Return of the Lord. 1Then he led me to the gate which faces the east, 2and there I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. 3 w Ez 1, 1 . The vision was like that which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar. I fell prone 4as the glory of the LORDentered the temple by way of the gate which faces the east, 5but spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court. And I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD. 6Then I heard someone speaking to me from the temple, while the man stood beside me. 7The voice said to me: Son of man, this is where my throne shall be, this is where I will set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among the Israelites forever. Never again shall they and their kings profane my holy name with their harlotries and with the corpses of their kings [their high places]. 8When they placed their threshold against my threshold*and their doorpost next to mine, so that only a wall was between us, they profaned my holy name by their abominable deeds; therefore I consumed them in my wrath. 9From now on they shall put far from me their harlotry and the corpses of their kings, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

The Law of the Temple. 10As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel [that they may be ashamed of their sins], both its measurements and its design; 11[and if they are ashamed of all that they have done,] make known to them the form and design of the temple, its exits and entrances, all its statutes and laws; write these down for them to see, that they may carefully observe all its laws and statutes. 12This is the law of the temple: its whole surrounding area on the mountain top shall be most sacred.

The Altar. 13These were the measurements of the altar*in cubits of one cubit plus a handbreadth. Its base was one cubit high and one cubit deep, with a rim around its edge of one span. The height of the altar itself was as follows: 14from its base at the bottom up to the lower ledge it was two cubits high, and this ledge was one cubit deep; from the lower to the upper ledge it was four cubits high, and this ledge also was one cubit deep; 15the hearth of the altar was four cubits high, and extending from the top of the hearth were the four horns of the altar. 16The hearth was a square: twelve cubits long and twelve cubits wide. 17The upper ledge was also a square: fourteen cubits long and fourteen cubits wide. The lower ledge, likewise a square, was sixteen cubits long and sixteen cubits wide, with a half‐cubit rim surrounding it. And there was a base of one cubit all around. The steps of the altar face the east.

18Then he said to me: Son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: These are the statutes for the altar when it is set up for the offering of holocausts upon it and for the sprinkling of blood against it. 19Give a young bull as a sin offering to the priests, the Levites who are of the line of Zadok, who draw near me to minister to me, says the Lord GOD. 20Take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, and on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim all around. Thus you shall purify it and make atonement for it. 21Then take the bull of the sin offering, which is to be burnt in a designated part of the temple, outside the sanctuary. 22On the second day present an unblemished he‐goat as a sin offering, to purify the altar as was done with the bull. 23When you have finished the purification, bring an unblemished young bull and an unblemished ram from the flock, 24and present them before the LORD; the priests shall strew salt on them and offer them to the LORD as holocausts. 25Daily for seven days you shall offer a he‐goat as a sin offering, and a young bull and a ram from the flock, all unblemished, shall be offered 26for seven days. Thus atonement shall be made for the altar, and it shall be purified and dedicated. 27And when these days are over, from the eighth day on, the priests shall offer your holocausts and peace offerings on the altar. Then I will accept you, says the Lord GOD.

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w: Ez 1, 1 .

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