1 Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary a which faces toward the east, but it was shut. 2 And the LORD said to me, "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, b because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. 3 "As for the c prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to d eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way."
4 Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the 1 temple; so I looked, and e behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; f and I fell on my face. 5 And the LORD said to me, g "Son of man, 2 mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears, all that I say to you concerning all the h ordinances of the house of the LORD and all its laws. Mark well who may enter the house and all who go out from the sanctuary. 6 "Now say to the i rebellious, to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "O house of Israel, j let Us have no more of all your abominations. 7 k "When you brought in l foreigners, m uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it - My house - and when you offered n My food, o the fat and the blood, then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations. 8 "And you have not p kept charge of My holy things, but you have set others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you."
9 'Thus says the Lord GOD: q "No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel. 10 r "And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. 11 "Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, s as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; t they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and u they shall stand before them to minister to them. 12 "Because they ministered to them before their idols and v caused 3 the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have w raised My hand in an oath against them," says the Lord GOD, "that they shall bear their iniquity. 13 x "And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; but they shall y bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. 14 "Nevertheless I will make them z keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.