The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Prophecy of Ezechiel
When you set about the allotment of your territory, one strip you must leave out, twenty-five thousand cubits by ten thousand,✻ a hallowed strip of land that is to be the Lord’s peculiar, all the length and breadth of it hallowed.
(Hallowed entirely one plot in it shall be, a square plot of five hundred cubits each way, with fifty cubits’ space for approach all about it.✻ )
Within the Lord’s domain, a space of twenty-five thousand cubits by ten thousand, surrounding temple and sanctuary, must be measured out
as dedicated to the priests, that serve the sanctuary and worship in the Lord’s presence; this shall be their home, this their sacred enclosure.
And for the Levites that serve the temple another like space is to be measured out; twenty cells they shall have there.
Marching with the sacred enclosure, there shall be a strip of twenty-five thousand cubits by five thousand, where the common folk of Israel shall have their city and their city’s lands.
And at either end of the enclosure, and of the city lands, the prince shall have his domains, adjoining either end, and stretching away to west and east as far as each of the tribal allotments stretches westwards and eastwards.
He shall enjoy his own possessions on Israelite soil; there shall be no more encroaching on the public rights; each tribe shall be given its own territory, to have and to hold.
Will you never have enough, princes of Israel? the Lord God says. Must it always be wrong and robbery, never right and redress? Right of king and right of people he bids you determine once for all.
Let us have true scales, a true ephi, a true bate;
let ephi and bate match, a tenth part of a cor either of them; by the standard of the cor they shall be measured.
Let twenty obols go to the sicle, twice twenty sicles and fifteen besides go to the mina.
And so let these be the tithings you pay; a sixth of an ephi for every cor of wheat or barley,
and a tenth of a bate for every cor of oil, tenth of bate or hundredth of cor, since the cor is to measure ten bates;✻
and one ram you must contribute out of every two hundred that feed in Israel’s pasture-lands. That each may pay his scot, for bloodless offering or burnt-sacrifice or welcome-offering, the Lord says,
this tax the whole land of Israel owes to its prince.
And he, on Israel’s behalf, shall defray the cost of burnt-sacrifice, and bloodless offering, and libation, on feast-day and new moon and sabbath, whenever the folk of Israel keep holiday; transgression-victim, and burnt-sacrifice, and welcome-offering, he must provide them all.
On the first day of the year, the Lord God says, the sanctuary must have a calf, without blemish, sacrificed for its purging.
Door-posts of the temple, corners of the altar’s base, door-posts of the inner court, the priest shall smear with blood of the transgression-victim.
And the like must be done again on the seventh day of that month, for faults committed unwittingly, through inadvertence; and so the temple shall be purged clean.
On the fourteenth day of the first month you will keep the paschal feast, and for a week eat bread without leaven.
On the feast itself, the prince must provide a calf, in amends for fault of his own, fault of his people;
and every day during the week seven calves and seven rams without blemish; every day, too, a goat for a transgression-victim;
with each ram or goat a bushel of flour, and with each bushel of flour a gallon and a half of oil.
The same provision he must make, of transgression-victim, burnt-sacrifice, bloodless offering, and oil, for the fifteenth day of the seventh month, and its week of holiday.
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