44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of
the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it
44:2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut,
it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it;
because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it,
therefore it shall be shut.
44:3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it
to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of
the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the
44:4 Then brought he me the way of the north gate before
the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD
filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.
44:5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and
behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I
say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of
the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the
entering in of the house, with every going forth of the
44:6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the
house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of
Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,
44:7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers,
uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in
my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my
bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my
covenant because of all your abominations.
44:8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things:
but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for
44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in
heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my
sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of
44:10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when
Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after
their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
44:11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having
charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the
house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice
for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister
44:12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols,
and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity;
therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the
Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.
44:13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the
office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my
holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear
their shame, and their abominations which they have
44:14 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the
house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall
be done therein.
44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that
kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel
went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister
unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the
fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall
come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall
keep my charge.
44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at
the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with
linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles
they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and
shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not
gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even
into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their
garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy
chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they
shall not sanctify the people with their garments.
44:20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer
their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.
44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter
into the inner court.
44:22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor
her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the
seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest
44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between
the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the
unclean and the clean.
44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and
they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they
shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies;
and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile
themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or
for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no
husband, they may defile themselves.
44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him
44:27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto
the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall
offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.
44:28 And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am
their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in
Israel: I am their possession.
44:29 They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin
offering, and the trespass offering: and every dedicated
thing in Israel shall be theirs.
44:30 And the first of all the firstfruits of all things,
and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations,
shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest
the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to
rest in thine house.
44:31 The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead
of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.