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Ezekiel

Division of land.  Eze.48.1-7

1These are the names of the tribes: In the extreme north, in the direction of Hethlon, to Lebo-hamath and Hazar-enan, with Damascus on the northern frontier in the direction of Hamath, and so from the eastern side to the western, shall be Dan: one portion.

2Bordering on Dan, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Asher: one portion.

3Bordering on Asher, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Naphtali: one portion.

4Bordering on Naphtali, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Manasseh: one portion.

5Bordering on Manasseh, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Ephraim: one portion.

6Bordering on Ephraim, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Reuben: one portion.

7Bordering on Reuben, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Judah: one portion.

The portion set apart.  Eze.48.8-22

8Bordering on Judah, from the eastern side to the western, shall be the reserve which you shall set apart. Its breadth shall be twenty-five thousand cubits and its length the same as that of the other portions, from the eastern side to the western, and the sanctuary shall be in the middle of it.

9The reserve which you shall set apart for the LORD shall measure twenty-five thousand cubits by twenty prob. rdg, Heb ten thousand. 10The reserve shall be apportioned thus: the priests shall have an area measuring twenty-five thousand cubits on the north side, ten thousand on the west, ten thousand on the east, and twenty-five thousand on the south side; the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the middle of it. 11It shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge and did not follow the Israelites when they went astray, as the Levites did. 12The area set apart for the priests from the reserved territory shall be most sacred, reaching the frontier of the Levites.

13The Levites shall have a portion running parallel to the border of the priests. It shall be twenty-five thousand cubits long by ten thousand wide; altogether, the length shall be twenty-five thousand cubits and the breadth ten thousand. 14They shall neither sell nor exchange any part of it, nor shall the best of the land be alienated; for it is holy to the LORD.

15The strip which is left, five thousand cubits in width by twenty-five thousand, is the city's secular land for dwellings and common land, and the city shall be in the middle of it. 16These shall be its dimensions: on the northern side four thousand five hundred cubits, on the southern side four thousand five hundred cubits, on the eastern side four thousand five hundred cubits, on the western side four thousand five hundred cubits. 17The common land belonging to the city shall be two hundred and fifty cubits to the north, two hundred and fifty to the south, two hundred and fifty to the east, and two hundred and fifty to the west. 18What is left parallel to the reserve, ten thousand cubits to the east and ten thousand to the west, prob. rdg, Heb adds and it shall be parallel to the sacred reserve, shall provide food for those who work in the city. 19Those who work in the city shall cultivate it; they may be drawn from any of the tribes of Israel.

20You shall set apart the whole reserve, twenty-five thousand cubits square, as sacred, as far as the holding of the city. 21What is left over on each side of the sacred reserve and the holding of the city shall be assigned to the prince. Eastwards, what lies over against the reserved twenty-five thousand cubits, as far as the eastern side, and westwards, what lies over against the twenty-five thousand cubits to the western side, parallel to the tribal portions, shall be assigned to the prince; the sacred reserve and the sanctuary itself shall be in the centre. 22The prob. rdg, Heb Some of the holding of the Levites and the prob. rdg, Heb some of the holding of the city shall be in the middle of that which is assigned to the prince; it shall be between the frontiers of Judah and Benjamin.

Further divisions.  Eze.48.23-29

23The rest of the tribes: from the eastern side to the western shall be Benjamin: one portion.

24Bordering on Benjamin, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Simeon: one portion.

25Bordering on Simeon, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Issachar: one portion.

26Bordering on Issachar, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Zebulun: one portion.

27Bordering on Zebulun, from the eastern side to the western, shall be Gad: one portion.

28Bordering on Gad, on the side of the Negeb, the border on the south stretches from Tamar to the waters of Meribah-by-Kadesh, to the Brook as far as the Great Sea.

29This is the land which you shall allot as a patrimony to the tribes of Israel, and these shall be their lots. This is the very word of the Lord GOD.

The gates of Jerusalem.  Eze.48.30-35

30 (30-31) These are to be the ways out of the city, and they are to be named after the tribes of Israel. The northern side, four thousand five hundred cubits long, shall have three gates, those of Reuben, Judah, and Levi; 31 32the eastern side, four thousand five hundred cubits long, three gates, those of Joseph, Benjamin, and Dan; 33the southern side, four thousand five hundred cubits long, three gates, those of Simeon, Issachar, and Zebulun; 34the western side, four thousand five hundred cubits long, three gates, those of Gad, Asher, and Naphtali. 35The perimeter of the city shall be eighteen thousand cubits, and the city's name for ever after shall be Jehovah-shammah That is the LORD is there.


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