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Ezekiel 43:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Afterward he brought me to the gate, [even] the gate that looketh toward the east:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing toward the east;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Afterward he brought me to the gate, [even] the gate that looketh towards the east:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And he brought me unto the gate, the gate which looked toward the east.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then he took me unto the gate,—even the gate that looked toward the east;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And he causeth me to go to the gate, the gate that is looking eastward.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And he brought me to the gate that looked towards the east.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Afterward he brought me to the gate, [euen] the gate that looketh toward the East.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Moreover he brought me to the gate looking eastward, and led me forth.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Afterward he brought me to the gate, [even] the gate that looketh toward the east:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Afterward he brought y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
me to x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the gate, 8179
{8179} Prime
From H8176 in its original sense; an opening, that is, door or gate.
[even] the gate 8179
{8179} Prime
From H8176 in its original sense; an opening, that is, door or gate.
that x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
looketh 6437
{6437} Prime
A primitive root; to turn; by implication to face, that is, appear, look, etc.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
toward 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
the east: 6921
{6921} Prime
From H6923; the fore or front part; hence (by orientation) the East (often adverbially eastward, for brevity the East wind).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 43:1

_ _ Ezekiel 43:1-27. Jehovah’s return to the Temple.

_ _ Everything was now ready for His reception. As the Shekinah glory was the peculiar distinction of the old temple, so it was to be in the new in a degree as much more transcendent as the proportions of the new exceeded those of the old. The fact that the Shekinah glory was not in the second temple proves that it cannot be that temple which is meant in the prophecy.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Ezekiel 43:1-6

_ _ After Ezekiel has patiently surveyed the temple of God, the greatest glory of this earth, he is admitted to a higher form, and honoured with a sight of the glories of the upper world; it is said to him, Come up hither. He has seen the temple, and sees it to be very spacious and splendid; but, till the glory of God comes into it, it is but like the dead bodies he had seen in vision (ch. 37), that had no breath till the Spirit of life entered into them. Here therefore he sees the house filled with God's glory.

_ _ I. He has a vision of the glory of God (Ezekiel 43:2), the glory of the God of Israel, that God who is in covenant with Israel, and whom they serve and worship. The idols of the heathen have no glory but what they owe to the goldsmith or the painter; but this is the glory of the God of Israel. This glory came from the way of the east, and therefore he was brought to the gate that leads towards the east, to expect the appearance and approach of it. Christ's star was seen in the east, and he is that other angel that ascends out of the east, Revelation 7:2. For he is the morning star, he is the sun of righteousness. Two things he observed in this appearance of the glory of God: — 1. The power of his word which he heard: His voice was like a noise of many waters, which is heard very far, and makes impressions; the noise of purling streams is grateful, of a roaring sea dreadful, Revelation 1:15; Revelation 14:2. Christ's gospel, in the glory of which he shines, was to be proclaimed aloud, the report of it to be heard far; to some it is a savour of life, to others of death, according as they are. 2. The brightness of his appearance which he saw: The earth shone with his glory; for God is light, and none can bear the lustre of his light, none has seen nor can see it. Note, That glory of God which shines in the church shines on the world. When God appeared for David the brightness that was before him dispersed the clouds, Psalms 18:12. This appearance of the glory of God to Ezekiel he observed to be the same with the vision he saw when he first received his commission (Ezekiel 1:4), according to that by the river Chebar (Ezekiel 43:3); because God is the same, he was pleased to manifest himself in the same manner, for with him is no variableness. “It was the same” (says he) “as that which I saw when I came to destroy the city, that is, to foretel the city's destruction,” which he did with such authority and efficacy, and the event did so certainly answer the prediction, that he might be said to destroy it. As a judge, in God's name, he passed a sentence upon it, which was soon executed. God appeared in the same manner when he sent him to speak words of terror and when he sent him to speak words of comfort; for in both God is and will be glorified. He kills and he makes alive; he wounds and he heals, Deuteronomy 32:39. To the same hand that destroyed we must look for deliverance. He has smitten, and he will bind up. Una eademque manus vulnus opemque tulitThe same hand inflicted the wound and healed it.

_ _ II. He has a vision of the entrance of this glory into the temple. When he saw this glory he fell upon his face (Ezekiel 43:3), as not able to bear the lustre of God's glory, or rather as one willing to give him the glory of it by a humble and reverent adoration. But the Spirit took him up (Ezekiel 43:5) when the glory of the Lord had come into the house (Ezekiel 43:4), that he might see how the house was filled with it. He saw how the glory of the Lord in this same appearance departed from the temple, because it was profaned, to his great grief; now he shall see it return to the temple to his great satisfaction. See Ezekiel 10:18, Ezekiel 10:19; Ezekiel 11:23. Note, Though God may forsake his people for a small moment, he will return with everlasting loving-kindness. God's glory filled the house as it had filled the tabernacle which Moses set up and the temple of Solomon, Exodus 40:34; 1 Kings 8:10. Now we do not find that ever the Shechinah did in that manner take possession of the second temple, and therefore this was to have its accomplishment in that glory of the divine grace which shines so brightly in the gospel church, and fills it. Here is no mention of a cloud filling the house as formerly, for we now with open face behold the glory of the Lord, in the face of Christ, and not as of old through the cloud of types.

_ _ III. He receives instructions more immediately from the glory of the Lord, as Moses did when God had taken possession of the tabernacle (Leviticus 1:1): I heard him speaking to me out of the house, Ezekiel 43:6. God's glory shining in the church, we must thence expect to receive divine oracles. The man stood by me; we could not bear to hear the voice of God any more than to see the face of God if Jesus Christ did not stand by us as Mediator. Or, if this was a created angel, it is observable that when God began to speak to Ezekiel he stood by and gave way, having no more to say. Nay, he stood by the prophet, as a learner with him; for to the principalities and powers, to the angels themselves, who desire to look into these things, is known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, Ephesians 3:10. The man stood by him to conduct him thither where he might receive further discoveries, Ezekiel 44:1.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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the gate that:

Ezekiel 40:6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, [which was] one reed broad; and the other threshold [of the gate, which was] one reed broad.
Ezekiel 42:15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect [is] toward the east, and measured it round about.
Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it [was] shut.
Ezekiel 46:1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.
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