Realize 1 now that the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as his sanctuary. Be strong and do it!”
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.
He will become a sanctuary, 1 but a stone that makes a person trip, and a rock that makes one stumble – to the two houses of Israel. 2 He will become 3 a trap and a snare to the residents of Jerusalem. 4
It will be a holy portion of the land; it will be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary who approach the Lord to minister to him. It will be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary. 1
“Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Although I have removed them far away among the nations and have dispersed them among the countries, I have been a little 1 sanctuary for them among the lands where they have gone.’