Yehezqel 44:15-31


Ezekiel 44:15-31

15  "But the kohenim, the Lĕwites, the sons of Tsaḏoq, who guarded the duty of My qodesh place when the children of Yisra'ĕl went astray from Me, they shall draw near to Me to serve Me, and shall stand before Me to bring to Me the fat and the blood," declares the Master יהוה.

16  "They shall enter My Miqdash, and they shall draw near to My table to serve Me, and they shall guard My charge.

17  "And it shall be, when they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, that they put on linen garments, and no wool shall come upon them while they attend within the gates of the inner courtyard or within the house.

18  "They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies, they shall not gird themselves with sweat.

19  "And when they go out to the outer courtyard, to the outer courtyard to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have attended, and shall leave them in the qodesh rooms, and shall put on other garments. And they shall qadosh the people in their qodesh garments.

20  "And their heads they shall not shave, nor shall they let their hair grow long - they shall keep their hair well trimmed.

21  "And no kohen is to drink wine when he comes into the inner court.

22  "And they do not take as wife a widow or a divorced woman, but take maidens of the seed of the house of Yisra'ĕl, or widows of kohenim.

23  "And they are to teach My people between the qodesh and the profane, and make them know what is unclean and clean.

24  "And they are to stand as judges in a dispute, and judge it according to My Right-Rulings. And they are to guard My Torot and My Laws in all My appointed Festivals, and qodesh My Shabbathoth.

25  "And they are not to defile themselves by coming near a dead man. Only for a father or mother, for a son or daughter, for a brother or unmarried sister they defile themselves.

26  "And after his cleansing, they count seven days for him,

27  and on the day that he comes into the inner court of the qodesh place to attend in the qodesh place, he brings his sin offering," declares the Master יהוה.

28  "And it shall be to them for an inheritance, I am their inheritance. And you give them no possession in Yisra'ĕl - I am their possession.

29  "The grain offering, and the sin offering, and the guilt offering they are to eat, and all that is dedicated in Yisra'ĕl is theirs.

30  "And the first of all the first-fruits of all, and every contribution of all, of all your contributions, belong to the kohenim. And the first of your ground meal you give to the kohen, so that a beraḵah rests on your house.

31  "The kohenim are not to eat any bird or beast found dead or torn to pieces.