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And he brought me into the inner court of the house of Yahweh. And behold, at the entrance of Yahweh’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs toward Yahweh’s temple and their faces toward the east, and they were worshipping the sun toward the east. Bible

“into the inner court of the house of Yahweh.” Ezekiel had been in the inner court, but now he was directly in front of (east of) the Temple itself.

“with their backs toward Yahweh’s temple and their faces toward the east.” Yahweh resided in the Temple, in the Holy of Holies, between the cherubim and over the Mercy Seat, and the men could have been facing Yahweh and worshipping Him. Instead, they turned their backs on Yahweh and worshipped the sun from inside Yahweh’s Temple.


Commentary for: Ezekiel 8:16