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Ezekiel – Chapter 44
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The angel brought Ezekiel back by way of the eastern gate. This gate had opened to admit G-d’s presence (in the previous chapter), but it was now closed. G-d told Ezekiel that the eastern gate was to remain closed, since it was the gate He had used. There was only one exception: the “Nasi” (ruler) […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 43
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The angel led Ezekiel to the eastern gate of the Temple, where the Shechinah, the glory of G-d’s presence, was returning from the east. (It was what Ezekiel had seen before, in previous visions.) The Shechinah entered the Temple through the eastern gate and it filled the Temple. (You may recall that the Shechinah withdrew […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 42
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The angel took Ezekiel to the outer court, by way of the north, to one of the chambers there. There was a walkway ten cubits to the innermost chamber. There were three floors of chambers and the upper chambers were narrow because space was taken up by the supporting pillars. The outside wall opposite the […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 41
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Continuing the measurements of the third Temple from the previous chapter, the angel measured the pillars and the width of the entrance. He came to the inside and measured there. He measured a room that was 20 x 20 cubits, then informed Ezekiel that it was the Holy of Holies (the room where the Ark […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 40
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In the twenty-fifth year of the exile, which was fourteen years after the destruction of Jerusalem, G-d came to Ezekiel. (The Navi uses the term “Rosh Hashana,” but it was actually Yom Kippur of a Jubilee year, the day on which slaves are freed.) G-d picked up the prophet and brought Him to Jerusalem, where […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 39
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G-d told Ezekiel to speak further about Gog. G-d will entice Gog to attack a second time, then He will “knock the bow and arrows” out of Gog’s hands. Gog and his forces will fall upon the mountains of Israel, left as carrion for the birds and beasts. Magog, the nation of Gog, will burn, […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 38
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G-d told Ezekiel to face the direction of Gog, king of Magog, and speak of his future. G-d opposes Gog, whom He will lead out along with his great army. Many other nations, including Persia, Ethiopia and Togarmah (which might be Germany), will join Gog and his forces. Gog should prepare himself for the battle […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 37
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This chapter is one of the best-known in the entire Book and is the source of the old spiritual “Dem Bones” (you know – “the knee bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the hip bone” – that one), as well as the name of the Israeli comic strip “Dry Bones.” […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 36
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After speaking to the various other nations, Ezekiel is now instructed to address Israel. G-d said that since the enemies of Israel rejoiced in capturing the land, He has a message for them. The other nations looked forward to Israel’s destruction and everybody slandered them. That’s why G-d directed His anger towards Edom and those […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 35
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G-d told Ezekiel to face Mount Seir, home of Edom (the descendants of Esau) and foretell their fate. G-d has issues with Edom and He will act against them, making their land a ruin. This is because of their historical animosity against the Jews, dating back to the rivalry between Esau and Jacob. More recently, […]