Ezekiel 48

Ezekiel 48

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1 "Here is the list of the tribes of Israel and the territory each is to receive. The territory of Dan is in the extreme north. Its boundary line follows the Hethlon road to Lebo-hamath and then runs on to Hazar-enan on the border of Damascus, with Hamath to the north. Dan's territory extends all the way across the land of Israel from east to west.

2 Asher's territory lies south of Dan's and also extends from east to west.

3 Naphtali's land lies south of Asher's, also extending from east to west.

4 Then comes Manasseh south of Naphtali, and its territory also extends from east to west.

5 South of Manasseh is Ephraim,

6 and then Reuben,

7 and then Judah, all of whose boundaries extend from east to west.

8 "South of Judah is the land set aside for a special purpose. It will be 8 miles wide and will extend as far east and west as the tribal territories, with the Temple at the center.

9 "The area set aside for the LORD's Temple will be 8 miles long and 6 miles wide.*1

10 For the priests there will be a strip of land measuring 8 miles long by 3 miles wide, with the LORD's Temple at the center.

11 This area is set aside for the ordained priests, the descendants of Zadok who obeyed me and did not go astray when the people of Israel and the rest of the Levites did.

12 It will be their special portion when the land is distributed, the most sacred land of all. Next to the priests' territory will lie the land where the other Levites will live.

13 The land allotted to the Levites will be the same size and shape as that belonging to the priests--8 miles long and 3 miles wide. Together these portions of land will measure 8 miles long by 6 miles wide.*2

14 None of this special land will ever be sold or traded or used by others, for it belongs to the LORD; it is set apart as holy.

15 "An additional strip of land 8 miles long by 1 miles wide, south of the sacred Temple area, will be allotted for public use--homes, pasturelands, and common lands, with a city at the center.

16 The city will measure 1 miles* on each side.3

17 Open lands will surround the city for 150 yards* in every direction.4

18 Outside the city there will be a farming area that stretches 3 miles to the east and 3 miles to the west along the border of the sacred area. This farmland will produce food for the people working in the city.

19 Those who come from the various tribes to work in the city may farm it.

20 This entire area--including the sacred lands and the city--is a square that measures 8 miles on each side.

21 "The areas that remain, to the east and to the west of the sacred lands and the city, will belong to the prince. Each of these areas will be 8 miles wide, extending in opposite directions to the eastern and western borders of Israel.

22 So the prince's land will include everything between the territories allotted to Judah and Benjamin, except for the areas set aside for the sacred lands and the city.

23 "These are the territories allotted to the rest of the tribes. Benjamin's territory lies just south of the prince's lands, and it extends across the entire land of Israel from east to west.

24 South of Benjamin's territory lies that of Simeon, also extending across the land from east to west.

25 Next is the territory of Issachar with the same eastern and western boundaries.

26 Then comes the territory of Zebulun, which also extends across the land from east to west.

27 The territory of Gad is just south of Zebulun with the same borders to the east and west.

28 The southern border of Gad runs from Tamar to the waters of Meribah at Kadesh* and then follows the brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean.*5

29 These are the allotments that will be set aside for each tribe's inheritance, says the Sovereign LORD.

30 "These will be the exits to the city: On the north wall, which is 1 miles long,

31 there will be three gates, each one named after a tribe of Israel. The first will be named for Reuben, the second for Judah, and the third for Levi.

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1: Reflecting the Greek reading in 45:1: 25,000 cubits [13.3 kilometers] long and 20,000 cubits [10.6 kilometers] wide; Hebrew reads 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. Compare 45:1-5; 48:10-13. In this chapter, the distance measures are calculated using the Hebrew long cubit, which equals 21 inches or 53 centimeters.

2: See note on 48:9.

3: Hebrew 4,500 cubits [2.4 kilometers]; also in 48:30, 32, 33, 34.

4: Hebrew 250 cubits [133 meters].

5: Hebrew waters of Meribath-kadesh.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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