The division of the land
1‘These are the tribes, listed by name: at the northern frontier, Dan will have one portion; it will follow the Hethlon road to Lebo Hamath; Hazar Enan and the northern border of Damascus next to Hamath will be part of its border from the east side to the west side.
2‘Asher will have one portion; it will border the territory of Dan from east to west.
3‘Naphtali will have one portion; it will border the territory of Asher from east to west.
4‘Manasseh will have one portion; it will border the territory of Naphtali from east to west.
5‘Ephraim will have one portion; it will border the territory of Manasseh from east to west.
6‘Reuben will have one portion; it will border the territory of Ephraim from east to west.
7‘Judah will have one portion; it will border the territory of Reuben from east to west.
8‘Bordering the territory of Judah from east to west will be the portion you are to present as a special gift. It will be 25,000 cubits# wide, and its length from east to west will equal one of the tribal portions; the sanctuary will be in the centre of it.
9‘The special portion you are to offer to the Lord will be 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits# wide. 10This will be the sacred portion for the priests. It will be 25,000 cubits long on the north side, 10,000 cubits wide on the west side, 10,000 cubits wide on the east side and 25,000 cubits long on the south side. In the centre of it will be the sanctuary of the Lord. 11This will be for the consecrated priests, the Zadokites, who were faithful in serving me and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray. 12It will be a special gift to them from the sacred portion of the land, a most holy portion, bordering the territory of the Levites.
13‘Alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites will be allotted a portion of land 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. Its total length will be 25,000 cubits and its width 10,000 cubits. 14They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the Lord.
15‘The remaining area, 5,000 cubits# wide and 25,000 cubits long, will be for the common use of the city, for houses and for pasture-land. The city will be in the centre of it 16and will have these measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits,# the south side 4,500 cubits, the east side 4,500 cubits, and the west side 4,500 cubits. 17The pasture-land for the city will be 250 cubits# on the north, 250 cubits on the south, 250 cubits on the east, and 250 cubits on the west. 18What remains of the area, bordering on the sacred portion and running the length of it, will be 10,000 cubits on the east side and 10,000 cubits on the west side. Its produce will supply food for the workers of the city. 19The workers from the city who farm it will come from all the tribes of Israel. 20The entire portion will be a square, 25,000 cubits on each side. As a special gift you will set aside the sacred portion, along with the property of the city.
21‘What remains on both sides of the area formed by the sacred portion and the property of the city will belong to the prince. It will extend eastward from the 25,000 cubits of the sacred portion to the eastern border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the western border. Both these areas running the length of the tribal portions will belong to the prince, and the sacred portion with the temple sanctuary will be in the centre of them. 22So the property of the Levites and the property of the city will lie in the centre of the area that belongs to the prince. The area belonging to the prince will lie between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin.
23‘As for the rest of the tribes: Benjamin will have one portion; it will extend from the east side to the west side.
24‘Simeon will have one portion; it will border the territory of Benjamin from east to west.
25‘Issachar will have one portion; it will border the territory of Simeon from east to west.
26‘Zebulun will have one portion; it will border the territory of Issachar from east to west.
27‘Gad will have one portion; it will border the territory of Zebulun from east to west.
28‘The southern boundary of Gad will run south from Tamar to the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Wadi of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
29‘This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these will be their portions,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.
The gates of the new city
30‘These will be the exits of the city: beginning on the north side, which is 4,500 cubits long, 31the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel. The three gates on the north side will be the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah and the gate of Levi.
32‘On the east side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin and the gate of Dan.
33‘On the south side, which measures 4,500 cubits, will be three gates: the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar and the gate of Zebulun.
34‘On the west side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher and the gate of Naphtali.
35‘The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.#
‘And the name of the city from that time on will be:
THE Lord IS THERE.’
Footnotes for the Book of Ezekiel
a 1 The Hebrew phrase ben adam means human being. The phrase son of man is retained as a form of address here and throughout Ezekiel because of its possible association with ‘Son of Man’ in the New Testament.
a 4 Or upon your side
b 10 That is, about 230 grams
c 11 That is, about 0.6 litre
d 17 Or away in
a 14 Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts Riblah
a 2 Or saw a fiery figure
a 24 Or Chaldea
a 14 Or Danel, a man of renown in ancient literature; also in verse 20
a 10 Or things to a brother
a 29 Bamah means high place.
b 40 Or and the gifts of your firstfruits
c 49 In Hebrew texts 20:45-49 is numbered 21:1-5.
a 16 Or When I have allotted you your inheritance
b 25 Septuagint; Hebrew prophets
a 23 Or away in
a 5 That is, Mount Hermon
b 6 Targum; the Masoretic Text has a different division of the consonants.
c 15 Septuagint; Hebrew Dedan
d 16 Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac Edom
e 17 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
a 7 Syriac (see also Septuagint and Vulgate); Hebrew and you caused their backs to stand
b 10 That is, the upper Nile region
c 21 Horn here symbolises strength.
a 9 Hebrew; Septuagint bring you into captivity among the nations, / to
b 27 Septuagint; Hebrew warriors who were uncircumcised
c 27 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text punishment
a 26 Or I will cause them and the places surrounding my hill to be named in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or I will cause them and the places surrounding my hill to be seen as blessed
a 2 Or the prince of Rosh,
b 3 Or Gog, prince of Rosh,
c 5 That is, the upper Nile region
d 12 The Hebrew for this phrase means the navel of the earth.
e 13 Or her strong lions
a 5 That is, about 3.2 metres; also in verse 12. The long cubit of about 53 centimetres is the basic unit of measurement of length throughout chapters 40 – 48.
b 7 That is, about 2.7 metres; also in verse 48
c 8,9 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts gateway facing the temple; it was one rod deep. 9Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it
d 9 That is, about 4.2 metres
e 9 That is, about about 1 metre
f 11 That is, about 5.3 metres wide and 6.9 metres long
g 13 That is, about 13 metres; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 30, 33 and 36
h 14 That is, about 32 metres
i 14 Septuagint; Hebrew projecting wall
j 14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
k 15 That is, about 27 metres; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 33 and 36
l 19 That is, about 53 metres; also in verses 23, 27 and 47
m 37 Septuagint (see also verses 31 and 34); Hebrew jambs
n 39 Or purification offerings
o 42 That is, about 80 centimetres long and wide and 53 centimetres high
p 43 That is, about 9 centimetres
q 44 Septuagint; Hebrew were rooms for singers, which were
r 44 Septuagint; Hebrew east
s 48 That is, about 7.4 metres
t 48 Septuagint; Hebrew entrance was
u 48 That is, about 1.6 metres
v 49 That is, about 11 metres
w 49 Septuagint; Hebrew eleven
x 49 That is, about 6.4 metres
y 49 Hebrew; Septuagint Ten steps led up to it
a 2 That is, about 53 metres long and 27 metres wide
b 3 That is, about 11 metres
c 4 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew and one cubit
d 4 That is, about 5.3 metres wide and 53 metres long
e 10 Septuagint; Hebrew Eastward
f 13 Or purification offerings
g 16 See Septuagint of verse 17; Hebrew rods; also in verses 18 and 19.
h 16 Five hundred cubits equal about 265 metres; also in verses 17, 18 and 19.
i 17 Septuagint; Hebrew rods
a 27 Or purification offering; also in verse 29
b 29 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord.
a 5 That is, probably about 16 kilograms; also in verses 7 and 11
b 5 That is, about 3.8 litres; also in verses 7 and 11
c 14 That is, probably about 2.7 kilograms
d 14 That is, about 1.3 litres
e 20 Or purification offering
f 22 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
g 22 That is, about 21 metres long and 16 metres wide
a 8 That is, about 8 miles or about 13 kilometres; also in verses 9, 10, 13, 15, 20 and 21
b 9 That is, about 3 1/3 miles or about 5.3 kilometres; also in verses 10, 13 and 18
c 15 That is, about 1 2/3 miles or about 2.7 kilometres
d 16 That is, about 1 1/2 miles or about 2.4 kilometres; also in verses 30, 32, 33 and 34
e 17 That is, about 135 metres
f 35 That is, about 6 miles or about 9.5 kilometres