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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 43:13-27

This relates to the altar in this mystical temple, and that is mystical too; for Christ is our altar. The Jews, after their return out of captivity, had an altar long before they had a temple, Ezra 3:3. But this was an altar in the temple. Now here we have, I. The measures of the altar, Ezek. 43:13. It was six yards square at the top and seven yards square at the bottom; it was four yards and a half high; it had a lower bench or shelf, here called a settle, a yard from the ground, on which... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 43:19

And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites, that be of the seed of Zadok ,.... Who, in Solomon's time, was put in the room of Abiathar; see Ezekiel 40:46 , his name signifies a "righteous" one, a type he was of Jesus Christ the righteous; and here his seed signify the seed of Christ, such whom he makes priests unto the Lord; to these, in a visionary way, the prophet was to give this altar, for them to serve at, and eat of; and all the rites and ordinances to observe and keep; and the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 43:19

The priests - that be of the seed of Zadok - It was this Zadok that was put in the place of Abiathar, by Solomon, 1 Kings 2:35 , in whose family the priesthood had continued ever since. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:13-27

The temple-altar described ( Ezekiel 43:13-17 ), and the ritual for its consecration explained ( Ezekiel 43:18-27 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:13-27

Purification and preparation. Almost all the regulations pertaining to the sacrifices under the old economy bore upon the supreme question of sanctity. God would impress upon his people, by every means and in every way, that the Holy One of Israel must be approached by those only who were pure and holy; that if they would "ascend unto the hill of the Lord" they must come "with clean hands and a pure heart." Hence everything and every one had to be carefully purified or consecrated in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:18-22

The sin offering. When Ezekiel, a prophet, describes the ceremonial of a sin offering with some minuteness, it is reasonable to suppose that he intends the details to be suggestive of spiritual facts. I. THERE MUST BE AN OFFERING FOR SIN . "Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins." The practical universality of sin offerings among various races has made it appear that the sacrifice arose from an instinct of conscience. We feel that we need a propitiation... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:19

Thou shalt give to the priests . This injunction, which was addressed to Ezekiel, not as the representative of the people or of the priests (Smend), but as the prophet of Jehovah, made it clear that Ezekiel was not to act in the future consecration of the altar alone as Moses did in the dedication of the tabernacle altar, but that the priests were to bear their part in the ceremonial. If some expressions, as the use of "thou" in this and the following verses, appear to suggest that Ezekiel... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 43:18-27

Ezekiel 43:18-27. These are the ordinances of the altar Here we have directions concerning the dedication of the altar at first. Seven days were to be spent in the dedication of it, and every day sacrifices were to be offered upon it, particularly a goat for a sin-offering, (Ezekiel 43:25,) besides a young bullock for a sin-offering on the first day, Ezekiel 43:19; which teaches us, in all our religious services, to have an eye to Christ, the great sin- offering. Neither our persons nor... read more

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