1Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east.
2Behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and his voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shined with his glory.
3It was according to the appearance of the vision that I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when he came to destroy the city, and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the Chebar canal, and I fell on my face.
4The glory of Yahweh came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
5The Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of Yahweh filled the house.
6I heard one speaking to me out of the house, and a man stood by me.
7He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the middle of the children of Israel forever. The house of Israel will no more defile my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their prostitution and by the dead bodies of their kings in their high places;
8in their setting of their threshold by my threshold and their doorpost beside my doorpost, and there was but the wall between me and them; and they have defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed; therefore I have consumed them in my anger.
9Now let them put away their prostitution, and the dead bodies of their kings, far from me; and I will dwell in their middle forever.
10You, son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.
11If they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, and its layout, and its exits, and its entrances, and all its design along with all its ordinances, and all its design, and all its laws; and write it in their sight so that they may keep the whole design of it, and all its ordinances, and do them.
12This is the law of the house: on the top of the mountain the whole limit around it will be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.
13These are the measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit is a cubit and a handbreadth): the bottom is to be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and its border around its edge a span; and this is to be the base of the altar.
14From the bottom on the ground to the lower ledge is to be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser ledge to the greater ledge is to be four cubits, and the breadth a cubit.
15The upper altar is to be four cubits, and from the altar hearth and upward there are to be four horns.
16The altar hearth is to be 12 cubits long by 12 wide, square in the four sides of it.
17The ledge is to be 14 cubits long by 14 wide in the four sides of it, and the border about it is to be half a cubit; and its bottom is to be a cubit around, and its steps are to look toward the east.”
18He said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Lord Yahweh says: These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they are to make it, to offer burnt offerings on it and to sprinkle blood on it.
19You are to give to the priests the Levites who are of the seed of Zadok, who are near to me, to minister to me, says the Lord Yahweh, a young bull for a sin offering.
20You must take of its blood and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the ledge and on the border all around; thus you will cleanse it and make atonement for it.
21You must also take the bull of the sin offering, and it must be burned in the appointed place of the house, outside of the sanctuary.
22On the second day you are to offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering, and they will cleanse the altar, as they cleansed it with the bull.
23When you have finished cleansing it, you are to offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
24You must bring them near to Yahweh, and the priests will cast salt on them, and they will offer them up for a burnt offering to Yahweh.
25Seven days you will prepare every day a goat for a sin offering; they must also prepare a young bull, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
26Seven days are they to make atonement for the altar and purify it; so will they consecrate it.
27When they have accomplished the days, it will be that on the eighth day, and forward, the priests will make your burnt offerings on the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, says the Lord Yahweh.”