Ezekiel 48 – “Thirteen Strips of Land; The City Gates”

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I. Summary

The land is to divided into thirteen equal portions. Jerusalem’s gates are described and the city is renamed “YHWH is There.”

II. Photo

Jerusalem is renamed: “The name of the city from that day on shall be ‘YHWH Is There.’” (v. 35)

III. Select Verses

4-5: Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the eastern border to the western border: Manasseh — one.  Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the eastern border to the western border: Ephraim — one.

9-10: The reserve that you set aside for the LORD shall be 25,000 long and 10,000 wide. It shall be apportioned to the following: The sacred reserve for the priests shall measure 25,000 [cubits] on the north, 10,000 on the west, 10,000 on the east, and 25,000 on the south, with the LORD’s Sanctuary in the middle of it.

11: This consecrated area shall be for the priests of the line of Zadok, who kept My charge and did not go astray, as the Levites did when the people of Israel went astray.

32: On the eastern side, [measuring] 4,500 cubits — there shall be three gates: the Joseph Gate: one; the Benjamin Gate: one; and the Dan Gate: one.

35b: The name of the city from that day on shall be “The LORD Is There.”

IV. Outline

1-29. The strips of land

    1. Northern border; Dan

    2. Asher

    3. Naphtali

    4. Manasseh

    5. Ephraim

    6. Reuben

    7. Judah

    8-22. The land set aside

        8-12. The temple and the Zadokite priests’ land

        13-14. The Levites’ land

        15-20. The city and land for the city workers

        21-22. The prince’s land

    23. Benjamin

    24. Simeon

    25. Issachar

    26. Zebulun

    27-27. Gad; Southern border

    29. Closing statement

30-35. The city gates and name

    30-31. Northern gates: Reuben, Judah, Levi

    32. Eastern gates: Joseph, Benjamin, Dan

    33. Southern gates: Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun

    34. Western gates: Gad, Asher, Naphtali

    35a. Circumference

    35b. The city’s name: “YHWH is There”



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