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Ezekiel 43:18-27

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43:18 Then he said to me: “Son of man, this is what the sovereign Lord says: These are the statutes of the altar: On the day it is built to offer up burnt offerings on it and to sprinkle blood on it, 1  43:19 you will give a young bull for a sin offering to the Levitical priests who are descended from Zadok, who approach me to minister to me, declares the sovereign Lord. 43:20 You will take some of its blood, and place it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the border all around; you will cleanse it and make atonement for it. 2  43:21 You will also take the bull for the sin offering, and it will be burned in the appointed place in the temple, outside the sanctuary.

43:22 “On the second day, you will offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering. They will purify the altar just as they purified it with the bull. 43:23 When you have finished purifying it, you will offer an unblemished young bull and an unblemished ram from the flock. 43:24 You will present them before the Lord, and the priests will scatter salt on them 3  and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord.

43:25 “For seven days you will provide every day a goat for a sin offering; a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without blemish, will be provided. 43:26 For seven days they will make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, so they will consecrate it. 4  43:27 When the prescribed period is over, 5  on the eighth day and thereafter the priests will offer up on the altar your burnt offerings and your peace offerings; 6  I will accept you, declares the sovereign Lord.”

1 sn For the “sprinkling of blood,” see Lev 1:5, 11; 8:19; 9:12.

2 sn Note the similar language in Lev 16:18.

3 sn It is likely that salt was used with sacrificial meals (Num 18:19; 2 Chr 13:5).

4 tn Heb “fill its hands.”

5 tn Heb “and they will complete the days.”

6 sn The people also could partake of the food of the peace offering (Lev 3).



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