From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: the house.
. verses 4-8. 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.
. 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.
. 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 all of your abominations,
. 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.
. and ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.
. 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.
. And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray from me after their idols (this is generally believed, by the Rabbi’s and the church, to be the golden calf); they shall even bear their iniquity.
. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them.
. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore I have lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity.
. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.
. there are and have been for a long time now, ministers, uncircumcised ministers, uncircumcised in heart ministers, brought in and set in their office by the people. they minister to the people in praise and worship and the Word, while they themselves and the people, worship the golden calf.
. these ministers have been and will be left, to stand before the people and minister to the house.
. only to the house.