1 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “The gate of the inner courtyard facing east must be shut on#Or “during” the six of the days for work, but on the day of the Sabbath it must be opened and on the day of the new moon it must be opened. 2And the prince shall come by way of the portico of the gate from the outside, and he shall stand at the doorframe of the gate and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his fellowship offerings, and he shall bow down at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be closed until the evening. 3And the people of the land will bow down at the doorway of that gate on the Sabbaths and on the new moons before#Literally “to the face of” Yahweh.
4And the burnt offering which the prince will offer to Yahweh on the Sabbath day must be six male lambs without defect and a ram without defect. 5And the grain offering he will give shall be an ephah for each ram,#Literally “to the ram” and for the male lambs the grain offering shall be as much as he wants to give#Literally “the gift of his hand” and a hin of olive oil for each ephah.#Literally “to the ephah” 6And on the day of the new moon he will offer a bull, a calf#Literally “son of cattle,” or “son of the herd” without defect and six male lambs and a ram; they must be without defect. 7And an ephah for each bull and an ephah for the ram he must provide as a grain offering, and also for the male lambs as much as he can afford#Literally “as that it stretches out his hand” and a hin of olive oil for each ephah.
8And when the prince comes, on#Or “by” the way of the portico of the gate he shall come and by this#Or “his” way he shall go out. 9And when the people of the land come before#Literally “to the face of” Yahweh at the festivals, the one coming by way of the gate of the north to bow down#Or “to worship” must go out by the way of the gate of the south, and the one coming by way of the gate of the south must go out by the way of the gate of the north, so he must not return by the way of the gate by which he came,#Hebrew “came by it” but before it he#According to the reading tradition (Qere) shall go out opposite it. 10And the prince will be in the midst of them; he will come in when they come in, and when they go out he will go out.
11And at the festivals and at the appointed times, the grain offering will be an ephah with a bull and an ephah with the ram and with the male lambs, as much as he wants to give,#Literally “the gift of his hand” and a hin of olive oil for each ephah.#Literally “to the ephah” 12And when the prince makes a freewill offering, a burnt offering, or a fellowship offering as a freewill offering to Yahweh, the gate facing east will be open for him. And he must offer his burnt offering and his fellowship offering just as#Literally “as that” he does on the day of the Sabbath, and then he must go out and the gate will shut after he goes out.#Literally “after his going out” 13And a male lamb, a yearling#Literally “a son of his year” without defect, he must provide as a burnt offering daily#Literally “for the day” for Yahweh; every morning#Literally “in the morning in the morning” he must provide it. 14And a grain offering he must provide in addition to it every morning,#Literally “in the morning in the morning” a#Hebrew “the” sixth of an#Hebrew “the” ephah and a third of a hin of olive oil to moisten the finely milled flour as a grain offering to Yahweh as a perpetual statute.#Literally “regulations of everlasting continually” 15So they must provide the male lamb and the grain offering and the olive oil every morning#Literally “in the morning in the morning” as a regular burnt offering.”#Literally “as burnt offering of regularity/continuity”
16Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “If the prince gives a gift to any one from among his sons, it is his inheritance and it will belong#Hebrew “be” to his sons; it is their possession as an inheritance. 17And if he give a gift from his inheritance to one from among his servants, then it will belong#Hebrew “be” to him until the year of release,#That is, the Year of Jubilee and then it will return to the prince. His inheritance with respect to his sons will be only for them. 18But the prince shall not take from the inheritance of the people to rob#Or “oppress” them, separating them from their property; from his own property he shall bestow an inheritance on his sons, so that my people will not be driven away, any one, from his property.”
19Then he brought me through the entrance which was on the side of the gate to the holy chambers#Literally “to the chamber of the holiness” to the priests; the chambers were facing northwards and, look, there was a place at the extreme end westwards. 20And he said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the grain offering in order not to bring them out to the outer courtyard to make the people holy. 21And he brought me to the outer courtyard and led me past the four corners of the courtyard; and look, there was a courtyard in each corner of the courtyard.#Literally “a courtyard in the corner of the courtyard, a courtyard in the corner of the courtyard” 22In the four corners of the courtyard were small#Hebrew uncertain courtyards forty cubits in length and thirty cubits in width, each with the same measurements#Literally “measurement one” for the four of them with corners.#Or “being cornered” 23And a row was all around inside#Hebrew “in” them, and cooking-places were made under the rows of stones#Possibly some kind of stone ledge all around. 24And he said to me, “These are the houses for#Hebrew “of” cooking, where the ones serving the temple shall cook the sacrifices of the people.”