Ezekiel – Chapter 48

Divisions of the Land

The land will be divided into 13 parallel portions (one for each tribe plus a sacred district ) that would stretch from the Jordan River of the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The tribes that originated through the handmaids of Jacob’s wives will be placed on the outer extremities. The tribes that originated from Rachel and Leah will be given land in the center of the nation. Judah and Benjamin will occupy the privileged positions next to the land’s special sacred portion.

Verse 1 – “Now these are the names of the tribes: From the northern border along the road to Hethlon at the entrance of Hamath, to Hazar Enan, the border of Damascus northward, in the direction of Hamath, there shall be one portion for Dan from its east to its west side;

Verse 2 – “by the border of Dan, from the est side to the west, one portion for Asher;

Verse 3 – “by the border of Asher, from the east side to the west, one portion for Naphtali;

Verse 4 – “by the border of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, one portion for Manasseh;

Verse 5 – “by the border of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, one portion for Ephraim;

Verse 6 – “by the border of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, one portion for Reuben;

Verse 7 – “by the border of Reuben, from the east side to the west, one portion for Judah;

Verse 8 – “by the border of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be the district which you shall set apart, twenty-five thousand cubits in width, and in lengths the same as one of the other portions, from the east side to the west, with the sanctuary in the center.

Verse 9 – “The district that you shall set apart for the Lord shall be twenty-five thousand cubits in length and ten thousand in width.

Verse 10 – “To these, namely, to the priests, shall this holy district belong: on the north twenty-five thousand cubits in length, on the west ten thousand in width, on the east ten thousand in width, and on the south twenty-five thousand in length. The sanctuary of the Lord shall be in the center.

Because Ezekiel had written down the division of the land as stated by God, when the captives returned to their land, there should be no in-fighting about who got which land.

Verse 11 – “It shall be for the priests of the sons of Zadok, who are sanctified, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Verse 12 – “And this district of land that is set apart shall be to them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.

Verse 13 – “Opposite the border of the priests, the Levites shall have an area twenty-five thousand cubits in length and ten thousand in width; its entire length shall be twenty-five thousand and its width ten thousand.

Verse 14 – “And they shall not sell or exchange  any of it; they may not alienate this best part of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.

Verse 15 – “The five thousand cubits in width that remain, along the edge of the twenty-five thousand, shall be for general use by the city, for dwellings and common-land; and the city shall be the center.

The site of Jerusalem, with the surrounding open land, was exactly 50 times that of the temple (42:20).

Verse 16 – “These shall be its measurements: the north side four thousand five hundred cubits, the south side four thousand five hundred, the east side four thousand five hundred, and the west side four thousand five hundred.

Verse 17 – “The common-land of the city shall be: to the north two hundred and fifty cubits, to the south two hundred and fifty, to the east two hundred and fifty, and to the west two hundred and fifty.

Verse 18 – “The rest of the length, alongside the district of the holy portion, shall be ten thousand cubits to the east and ten thousand to the west. It shall be adjacent to the district of the holy portion, and its produce shall be food for the workers of the city.

Verse 19 – “The workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall cultivate it.

Verse 20 – “The entire district shall be twenty-five thousand cubits by twenty-five thousand cubits, foursquare. You shall set apart the holy district with the property of the city.

Verse 21 – “The rest shall belong to the prince, on one side and on the other of the holy district and of the city’s property, next to the twenty-five thousand cubits of the holy districts as far as the eastern border, and westward next to the twenty-five thousand as far as the western border, adjacent to the tribal portions; it shall belong to the prince. It shall be the holy district, and the sanctuary of the temple shall be the center.

Verse 22 – “Moreover, apart from the possession of the Levites and the possession of the city which are in the midst of what belongs to the prince, the area between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin shall belong to the prince.

Verse 23 – “As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side to the west, Benjamin shall have one portion;

Verse 24 – “by the border of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, Simeon shall have one portion;

Verse 25 – “by the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west, Issachar shall have one portion;

Verse 26 – “by the border of Issachar, from the east side to the west, Zebulun shall have a portion;

Verse 27 – “by the border of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, Gad shall have one portion;

Verse 28 – “by the border of Gad, on the south side, toward the South, the border shall be from Tamar to the waters of Meribah by Kadesh, along the brook to the Great Sea (Mediterranean).

Verse 29 – “This is the land which you shall divide by lot as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions,” says the Lord God.

Gates of the City

Verse 30 – “These are the exits of the city. On the north side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits,

Verse 31 – “the gates of the city shall be named after the tribes of Israel, the three gates northward: one gate for Reuben, one gate for Judah, and one gate for Levi;

Verse 32 – “on the east side, four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Joseph, one gate for Benjamin, and one gate for Dan;

Verse 33 – “on the south side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Simeon, one gate for Issachar, and one gate for Zebulun;

Verse 34 – “on the west side, four thousand five hundred cubits with their gates: one gate for Gad, one gate for Asher, and one gate for Naphali.

Verse 35 – “All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.”

This city is square as it is in Revelation 21:16 –  And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.

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