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XL. 7 And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits.
And, whereas there were little rooms made in the inside of the gate, backing upon the wall, each of those rooms were six large cubits broad.
The rest, unto chapter xliii, is a local description only, of the measure of the several buildings, pertaining to the temple, which cannot be expressed in plainer terms; all the difficulty of those passages, being only in the apprehension of the fashion and quantity of that fabric.
XLIII. 7 Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor &c.
Son of man, I will hereafter purge my Church from those foul corruptions, wherewith it hath been blemished; so as my people shall no more profane my holy place, and defile themselves with their abominable idolatries; nor by the carcases of those, which they offered to their idols, in the high places.
XLIII. 8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, Sc. In setting up their own false and superstitious worship, together with the true worship of my name, and in contestation therewith, &c.
XLIII. 9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
Now let them put away from me their idolatries, and the murders they have done in sacrificing men to their idols, and I will continue my gracious presence with them for ever.
XLIV. Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Now, whereas there were two degrees or distinctions of the sanc tuary, the one which was called The Holy Place, the other called The Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies; he brought me, in the Spirit, to the entering of the gate of the outer sanctuary, which looked eastward; and that gate, which I had seen formerly open, as that by which the glory of God visibly entered into the temple, was now shut.
XLIV. 2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall continue shut, and no ordinary person shall ever enter in by it; because the Lord God of Israel hath honoured and hallowed it, by entering in thereby; therefore it shall never be put to any common use.
XLIV. 3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat
bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
It is for the prince of that holy tribe, the high priest only: he alone shall be allowed to eat the consecrated bread, within the holy place; and to have ingress and egress that way.
XLIV. 7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, &c.
In that ye have ordained and appointed those to be priests in my sanctuary, that are strangers both in blood and in religion; and have given them a place of ministration in my temple, to pollute it, &c.
XLIV. 9 No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
No stranger, that is uncircumcised, either spiritually or corporally, wicked in heart and life, and an alien from my Church, shall be admitted to serve in my sanctuary, although he be one that lives among my people.
XLIV. 10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
And those of the tribe of Levi, which, being in the office of priesthood, were, in the defection of the rest of Israel, carried away to idolatry, they shall undergo punishment for their sin.
XLIV. 11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
Yet they shall not utterly be excluded from the meaner businesses, that belong to my temple; as from taking charge of the gates of the house, &c. They shall be allowed to slay the burnt offering, and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall minister to the people; but they shall not be admitted to offer any sacrifice to God for them.
XLIV. 12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, &c.
Because they polluted themselves, in ministering unto the people in their idolatrous sacrifices, &c.
XLIV. 18 They shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
They shall not gird about them any woollen garments, which may cause their bodies to sweat; that those holy vestments may be soiled, or any outward uncleanliness may be caused thereby.
XLIV. 19 And when they go forth into the outer court, even into the court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.
When they are before God in his temple and service, they shall
be clad with peculiar and holy vestments; but, when they go forth amongst the people, they shall not wear those hallowed robes, as if in their familiar conversation, they would tie them to a religious observance, and an expectation of holiness to be derived from them.
XLV. 1 Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand.
When ye shall divide the land by lot for inheritance, ye shall set apart a meet parcel thereof, for holy uses; even for the service of God, and the maintenance of his priests: the length of it, thus separated, shall be five and twenty thousand reeds, according to the large measure of cubits; and the breadth shall be ten thousand.
XLV. 2 Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof.
Of this portion of ground, there shall be a plot laid forth for the building of the sanctuary; which shall be, in the whole extent thereof, five hundred reeds in length, and so many in breadth it shall be full square; and, for fifty cubits round about the bounds thereof, shall be waste ground, free from any employment of building.
XLV. 7 And a portion shall be for the prince on the one side and on the other side of the oblation of the holy portion, and of the possession of the city, before the oblation of the holy portion, and before the possession of the city, from the west side westward, and from the east side eastward: and the length shall be over against one of the portions, from the west border unto the east border. And on both sides of that portion of land, which is laid forth for the site of the sanctuary and of the city and for the maintenance of the priests, shall be a portion of land laid out for the prince: on the west side shall be his western portion, and on the east side his eastern portion; and the length of it shall be over against each of these portions, from the west borders of it to the east.
XLV. 8 In the land shall be his possession in Israel: and my princes shall no more oppress my people.
I do appoint him a constant and fixed possession of land in Israel, for a royal maintenance of him and his family; and my princes and governors shall not be put, for want of a duc and settled provision, to raise means to themselves, by the oppression of my people.
XLVI. 1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.
The east gate of the third wall, which is of the Court of the Priests, wherein the temple was built, shall be shut the six work
ing days; but on the sabbath, and on the first day of the mouth, which is the day of the new moon, it shall be opened.
XLVI. 2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priest shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate.
And the prince only shall enter by the way of that gate; and, when he is to enter, shall stand at the post of that gate, until the. priest shall have prepared his burnt offering and peace offering; and then, when they have made this safe way for him, he shall come in, having first bowed down and worshipped at the threshold of the gate.
XLVI. 3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the newe
Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the Lord; but they shall not presume to enter in by it; only they shall bow and worship aloof at that door, on the sabbaths and new moons.
XLVI. 10 And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.
And the prince shall observe the same times of my service with my people; both for his coming in, and for his going forth.
XLVI. 20. That they bear them not out into the outer court, to sanctify the people.
There they shall boil the trespass offering, and bake the meat of fering; that they bear them not out into the outer court, where the people are allowed to assemble, as if the common sort of people should share with them in their sanctification, since this privilege of these holy services rests in their own persons.
XLVII. 1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
Afterward, this heavenly and divine guide of mine brought me back from this outer court, where were the boiling houses of the sacrifices, unto the door of the temple; and, behold, from under that door, by which the glory of God had formerly entered, and which was now shut, there issued a stream of waters; to signify the plenty of graces, which are derived from God to his Church which are yet raised by degrees, and, from shallow and weak beginnings, arise to great height and perfection. So verses 2,3, 4, 5. XLVII. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bunk of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other: And, to shew the plentiful fruit that arises from these graces of his Church and Children, behold, upon the bank of this holy and spiritual stream, there were many and fruitful trees growing on both sides thereof.
XLVII. 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea : which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. These waters shall pass through the whole land; for they shall flow towards the east country, which is the higher part of Judea, and from thence into the champaign country thereof; and so fall into the sea, whose unwholesome waters shall be therewith healed: even so shall the sanctifying graces of God's Spirit be enlarged over his whole Church, through the world; and shall sweeten and season all the souls, that shall be therewith endued.
XLVII. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live, whither the river cometh.
And it shall come to pass, that all those, which shall be partakers of these holy graces, shall live for ever; and there shall be very great increase of all good works and conscionable obedience, wheresoever they shall be found. So also verse 12.
XLVII 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it, from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
And it shall come to pass, that my Church shall be plentifully stored with holy and able teachers, which are fishers of men; and they shall spread abroad their wholesome doctrines all over the earth; and they shall take large draughts of souls, which shall, by their ministry, be converted to me.
XLVII. 11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
But those, which are resolutely wicked, and given up to a reprobate sense, they shall not be reformed or bettered by these means of salvation; but shall be left to their wonted obduredness and corruption, and so to their final condemnation.
XLVII. 15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad; &c.
And the extent of my Church shall be so enlarged, as that it shall reach all the world over, even from one end of the world to the other; which I would have to be figured, by the extending of the bounds of this re-promised land toward the north, from the Mediterrancan Sea all along the coasts of the kingdom of Damascus. So also verses 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
XLVIII. 8 And by the border of Judah, from the east side unlo the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, &c.
Aud, bordering upon the inheritance or possession of Judah, shall be, from the east to the west, that portion of five and twenty