The Vision of the New Temple
1In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me there.2He brought me, in visions of God, to the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south.3When he brought me there, a man was there, whose appearance shone like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway.4The man said to me, “Mortal, look closely and listen attentively, and set your mind upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you; declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”5Now there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area. The length of the measuring reed in the man's hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a handbreadth in length; so he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed.6Then he went into the gateway facing east, going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep. There were7recesses, and each recess was one reed wide and one reed deep; and the space between the recesses, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end was one reed deep.8Then he measured the inner vestibule of the gateway, one cubit.9Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and its pilasters, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end.10There were three recesses on either side of the east gate; the three were of the same size; and the pilasters on either side were of the same size.11Then he measured the width of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the width of the gateway, thirteen cubits.12There was a barrier before the recesses, one cubit on either side; and the recesses were six cubits on either side.13Then he measured the gate from the back of the one recess to the back of the other, a width of twenty-five cubits, from wall to wall.14He measured also the vestibule, twenty cubits; and the gate next to the pilaster on every side of the court.15From the front of the gate at the entrance to the end of the inner vestibule of the gate was fifty cubits.16The recesses and their pilasters had windows, with shutters on the inside of the gateway all around, and the vestibules also had windows on the inside all around; and on the pilasters were palm trees.17Then he brought me into the outer court; there were chambers there, and a pavement, all around the court; thirty chambers fronted on the pavement.18The pavement ran along the side of the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates; this was the lower pavement.19Then he measured the distance from the inner front of the lower gate to the outer front of the inner court, one hundred cubits.20Then he measured the gate of the outer court that faced north—its depth and width.21Its recesses, three on either side, and its pilasters and its vestibule were of the same size as those of the first gate; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits.22Its windows, its vestibule, and its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate that faced toward the east. Seven steps led up to it; and its vestibule was on the inside.23Opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to the inner court; he measured from gate to gate, one hundred cubits.24Then he led me toward the south, and there was a gate on the south; and he measured its pilasters and its vestibule; they had the same dimensions as the others.25There were windows all around in it and in its vestibule, like the windows of the others; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits.26There were seven steps leading up to it; its vestibule was on the inside. It had palm trees on its pilasters, one on either side.27There was a gate on the south of the inner court; and he measured from gate to gate toward the south, one hundred cubits.28Then he brought me to the inner court by the south gate, and he measured the south gate; it was of the same dimensions as the others.29Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and there were windows all around in it and in its vestibule; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits.30There were vestibules all around, twenty-five cubits deep and five cubits wide.31Its vestibule faced the outer court, and palm trees were on its pilasters, and its stairway had eight steps.32Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gate; it was of the same size as the others.33Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same dimensions as the others; and there were windows all around in it and in its vestibule; its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits.34Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its pilasters, on either side; and its stairway had eight steps.35Then he brought me to the north gate, and he measured it; it had the same dimensions as the others.36Its recesses, its pilasters, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others; and it had windows all around. Its depth was fifty cubits, and its width twenty-five cubits.37Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its pilasters, on either side; and its stairway had eight steps.38There was a chamber with its door in the vestibule of the gate, where the burnt offering was to be washed.39And in the vestibule of the gate were two tables on either side, on which the burnt offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering were to be slaughtered.40On the outside of the vestibule at the entrance of the north gate were two tables; and on the other side of the vestibule of the gate were two tables.41Four tables were on the inside, and four tables on the outside of the side of the gate, eight tables, on which the sacrifices were to be slaughtered.42There were also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, a cubit and a half long, and one cubit and a half wide, and one cubit high, on which the instruments were to be laid with which the burnt offerings and the sacrifices were slaughtered.43There were pegs, one handbreadth long, fastened all around the inside. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid.44On the outside of the inner gateway there were chambers for the singers in the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the east gate facing north.45He said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple,46and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the descendants of Zadok, who alone among the descendants of Levi may come near to the Lord to minister to him.”47He measured the court, one hundred cubits deep, and one hundred cubits wide, a square; and the altar was in front of the temple.The Temple
48Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the pilasters of the vestibule, five cubits on either side; and the width of the gate was fourteen cubits; and the sidewalls of the gate were three cubits on either side.49The depth of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the width twelve cubits; ten steps led up to it; and there were pillars beside the pilasters on either side.Chapter 411Then he brought me to the nave, and measured the pilasters; on each side six cubits was the width of the pilasters.2The width of the entrance was ten cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side. He measured the length of the nave, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits.3Then he went into the inner room and measured the pilasters of the entrance, two cubits; and the width of the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls of the entrance, seven cubits.4He measured the depth of the room, twenty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits, beyond the nave. And he said to me, This is the most holy place.5Then he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits thick; and the width of the side chambers, four cubits, all around the temple.6The side chambers were in three stories, one over another, thirty in each story. There were offsets all around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side chambers, so that they should not be supported by the wall of the temple.7The passageway of the side chambers widened from story to story; for the structure was supplied with a stairway all around the temple. For this reason the structure became wider from story to story. One ascended from the bottom story to the uppermost story by way of the middle one.8I saw also that the temple had a raised platform all around; the foundations of the side chambers measured a full reed of six long cubits.9The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits; and the free space between the side chambers of the temple10and the chambers of the court was a width of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side.11The side chambers opened onto the area left free, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south; and the width of the part that was left free was five cubits all around.12The building that was facing the temple yard on the west side was seventy cubits wide; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its depth ninety cubits.13Then he measured the temple, one hundred cubits deep; and the yard and the building with its walls, one hundred cubits deep;14also the width of the east front of the temple and the yard, one hundred cubits.15Then he measured the depth of the building facing the yard at the west, together with its galleries on either side, one hundred cubits.
The nave of the temple and the inner room and the outer vestibule16were paneled, and, all around, all three had windows with recessed frames. Facing the threshold the temple was paneled with wood all around, from the floor up to the windows (now the windows were covered),17to the space above the door, even to the inner room, and on the outside. And on all the walls all around in the inner room and the nave there was a pattern.18It was formed of cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces:19a human face turned toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion turned toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around;20from the floor to the area above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall.21The doorposts of the nave were square. In front of the holy place was something resembling22an altar of wood, three cubits high, two cubits long, and two cubits wide; its corners, its base, and its walls were of wood. He said to me, “This is the table that stands before the Lord.”23The nave and the holy place had each a double door.24The doors had two leaves apiece, two swinging leaves for each door.25On the doors of the nave were carved cherubim and palm trees, such as were carved on the walls; and there was a canopy of wood in front of the vestibule outside.26And there were recessed windows and palm trees on either side, on the sidewalls of the vestibule.Chapter 42The Holy Chambers and the Outer Wall
1Then he led me out into the outer court, toward the north, and he brought me to the chambers that were opposite the temple yard and opposite the building on the north.2The length of the building that was on the north side was one hundred cubits, and the width fifty cubits.3Across the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner court, and facing the pavement that belonged to the outer court, the chambers rose gallery by gallery in three stories.4In front of the chambers was a passage on the inner side, ten cubits wide and one hundred cubits deep, and its entrances were on the north.5Now the upper chambers were narrower, for the galleries took more away from them than from the lower and middle chambers in the building.6For they were in three stories, and they had no pillars like the pillars of the outer court; for this reason the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and the middle ones.7There was a wall outside parallel to the chambers, toward the outer court, opposite the chambers, fifty cubits long.8For the chambers on the outer court were fifty cubits long, while those opposite the temple were one hundred cubits long.9At the foot of these chambers ran a passage that one entered from the east in order to enter them from the outer court.10The width of the passage is fixed by the wall of the court.
On the south also, opposite the vacant area and opposite the building, there were chambers11with a passage in front of them; they were similar to the chambers on the north, of the same length and width, with the same exits and arrangements and doors.12So the entrances of the chambers to the south were entered through the entrance at the head of the corresponding passage, from the east, along the matching wall.13Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers opposite the vacant area are the holy chambers, where the priests who approach the Lord shall eat the most holy offerings; there they shall deposit the most holy offerings—the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, for the place is holy.14When the priests enter the holy place, they shall not go out of it into the outer court without laying there the vestments in which they minister, for these are holy; they shall put on other garments before they go near to the area open to the people.”15When he had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by the gate that faces east, and measured the temple area all around.16He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed.17Then he turned and measured the north side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed.18Then he turned and measured the south side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed.19Then he turned to the west side and measured, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed.20He measured it on the four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to make a separation between the holy and the common.Chapter 43The Divine Glory Returns to the Temple
1Then he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east.2And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the sound was like the sound of mighty waters; and the earth shone with his glory.3The vision I saw was like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.4As the glory of the Lord entered the temple by the gate facing east,5the spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.6While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me out of the temple.7He said to me: Mortal, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet, where I will reside among the people of Israel forever. The house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their whoring, and by the corpses of their kings at their death.8When they placed their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they were defiling my holy name by their abominations that they committed; therefore I have consumed them in my anger.9Now let them put away their idolatry and the corpses of their kings far from me, and I will reside among them forever.10As for you, mortal, describe the temple to the house of Israel, and let them measure the pattern; and let them be ashamed of their iniquities.11When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the plan of the temple, its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, and its whole form—all its ordinances and its entire plan and all its laws; and write it down in their sight, so that they may observe and follow the entire plan and all its ordinances.12This is the law of the temple: the whole territory on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy. This is the law of the temple.The Altar
13These are the dimensions of the altar by cubits (the cubit being one cubit and a handbreadth): its base shall be one cubit high, and one cubit wide, with a rim of one span around its edge. This shall be the height of the altar:14From the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits, with a width of one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits, with a width of one cubit;15and the altar hearth, four cubits; and from the altar hearth projecting upward, four horns.16The altar hearth shall be square, twelve cubits long by twelve wide.17The ledge also shall be square, fourteen cubits long by fourteen wide, with a rim around it half a cubit wide, and its surrounding base, one cubit. Its steps shall face east.18Then he said to me: Mortal, thus says the Lord GOD: These are the ordinances for the altar: On the day when it is erected for offering burnt offerings upon it and for dashing blood against it,19you shall give to the levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who draw near to me to minister to me, says the Lord GOD, a bull for a sin offering.20And you shall take some of its blood, and put it on the four horns of the altar, and on the four corners of the ledge, and upon the rim all around; thus you shall purify it and make atonement for it.21You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and it shall be burnt in the appointed place belonging to the temple, outside the sacred area.22On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering; and the altar shall be purified, as it was purified with the bull.23When you have finished purifying it, you shall offer a bull without blemish and a ram from the flock without blemish.24You shall present them before the Lord, and the priests shall throw salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord.25For seven days you shall provide daily a goat for a sin offering; also a bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be provided.26Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it.27When these days are over, then from the eighth day onward the priests shall offer upon the altar your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being; and I will accept you, says the Lord GOD.Chapter 44The Closed Gate
1Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east; and it was shut.2The Lord said to me: This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it; for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it; therefore it shall remain shut.3Only the prince, because he is a prince, may sit in it to eat food before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way.Admission to the Temple
4Then he brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; and I looked, and lo! the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord; and I fell upon my face.5The Lord said to me: Mortal, mark well, look closely, and listen attentively to all that I shall tell you concerning all the ordinances of the temple of the Lord and all its laws; and mark well those who may be admitted to the temple and all those who are to be excluded from the sanctuary.6Say to the rebellious house, to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: O house of Israel, let there be an end to all your abominations7in admitting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary, profaning my temple when you offer to me my food, the fat and the blood. You have broken my covenant with all your abominations.8And you have not kept charge of my sacred offerings; but you have appointed foreigners to act for you in keeping my charge in my sanctuary.9Thus says the Lord GOD: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary.10But the Levites who went far from me, going astray from me after their idols when Israel went astray, shall bear their punishment.11They shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple, and serving in the temple; they shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall attend on them and serve them.12Because they ministered to them before their idols and made the house of Israel stumble into iniquity, therefore I have sworn concerning them, says the Lord GOD, that they shall bear their punishment.13They shall not come near to me, to serve me as priest, nor come near any of my sacred offerings, the things that are most sacred; but they shall bear their shame, and the consequences of the abominations that they have committed.14Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, to do all its chores, all that is to be done in it.The Levitical Priests
15But the levitical priests, the descendants of Zadok, who kept the charge of my sanctuary when the people of Israel went astray from me, shall come near to me to minister to me; and they shall attend me to offer me the fat and the blood, says the Lord GOD.16It is they who shall enter my sanctuary, it is they who shall approach my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.17When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall wear linen vestments; they shall have nothing of wool on them, while they minister at the gates of the inner court, and within.18They shall have linen turbans on their heads, and linen undergarments on their loins; they shall not bind themselves with anything that causes sweat.19When they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall remove the vestments in which they have been ministering, and lay them in the holy chambers; and they shall put on other garments, so that they may not communicate holiness to the people with their vestments.20They shall not shave their heads or let their locks grow long; they shall only trim the hair of their heads.21No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.22They shall not marry a widow, or a divorced woman, but only a virgin of the stock of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.23They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.24In a controversy they shall act as judges, and they shall decide it according to my judgments. They shall keep my laws and my statutes regarding all my appointed festivals, and they shall keep my sabbaths holy.25They shall not defile themselves by going near to a dead person; for father or mother, however, and for son or daughter, and for brother or unmarried sister they may defile themselves.26After he has become clean, they shall count seven days for him.27On the day that he goes into the holy place, into the inner court, to minister in the holy place, he shall offer his sin offering, says the Lord GOD.28This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no holding in Israel; I am their holding.29They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering; and every devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs.30The first of all the first fruits of all kinds, and every offering of all kinds from all your offerings, shall belong to the priests; you shall also give to the priests the first of your dough, in order that a blessing may rest on your house.31The priests shall not eat of anything, whether bird or animal, that died of itself or was torn by animals.