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EZEKIEL XLIV_OF THE PRIESTHOOD

shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

25 Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.

26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

27 And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

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Chapter 44 1 The east gate assigned only to the prince. 4 The priests reproved for polluting of the sanctuary. 9 Idolaters incapable of the priest's office. 15 The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto. 17 Ordinances for the priests.

HEN he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

2 Then saith the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.

3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.

4 ( Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.

5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you

of all your abominations, ,

7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations. 8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye

have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

9 Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel

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Daniel Meditates upon the Dream

FROM THE BIBLICAL SERIES BY GUSTAVE DORÉ.

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Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.Daniel, 2, 19.

ANIEL, like Joseph of old, was given wisdom

as to the meaning of the dreams and visions of

others. He had learned the so-called "magic" of these foreign priests who educated him; and it was as a "magician," an interpreter of hidden things, that he first rose to prominence in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. When he woke he had forgotten its substance, yet he remembered that it had been fraught with deep importance. Therefore he sent for his magicians and his wise men and bade them discover his dream and interpret it. They cried out in amazement at the absurdity of the idea! Let him tell them any dream he chose, and they would translate its meaning; but how could they explain his vision while he kept it hidden!

The king was very wroth. Their magic he declared was no true magic, and they no wiser than ordinary men, but mere pretenders. He bade slay them all. This command included Daniel and his comrades, who had heard naught of the matter. But when the soldiers came to slay them, Daniel bade them wait, and going boldly to Nebuchadnezzar, protested against this injustice. Give him time to communicate with his God, and the dream might be revealed to him. So the king consented to wait, and

Daniel withdrew to meditate and pray for light.

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