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Ezekiel 40:1-2

Vision of the New Temple

40:1 In 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 1  was struck down, on this very day, 2  the hand 3  of the Lord was on me, and he brought me there. 4  40:2 By means of divine visions 5  he brought me to the land of Israel and placed me on a very high mountain, 6  and on it was a structure like a city, to the south.

1 sn That is, Jerusalem.

2 tn April 19, 573 b.c.

3 tn Or “power.”

sn Hand in the OT can refer metaphorically to power, authority, or influence. In Ezekiel God’s hand being on the prophet is regularly associated with communication or a vision from God (3:14, 22; 8:1; 37:1; 40:1).

4 sn That is, to the land of Israel (see v. 2).

5 tn The expression introduces the three major visions of Ezekiel (1:1; 8:3; 40:2).

6 tn The reference to a very high mountain is harmonious with Isa 2:2.

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