Ezekiel 44:28
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New International Version
"'I am to be the only inheritance the priests have. You are to give them no possession in Israel; I will be their possession.

New Living Translation
"The priests will not have any property or possession of land, for I alone am their special possession.

English Standard Version
“This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

New American Standard Bible
"And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel-- I am their possession.

King James Bible
And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

Christian Standard Bible
"This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance. You are to give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

Contemporary English Version
I myself will provide for my priests, and so they won't receive any land of their own.

Good News Translation
"The priests have the priesthood as their share of what I have given Israel to be handed down from one generation to another. They are not to hold property in Israel; I am all they need.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance. You are to give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

International Standard Version
"Now with respect to the priests' inheritances, I am to be their inheritance, and you are to give them no possession in Israel, since I am their possession.

NET Bible
"'This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance, and you must give them no property in Israel; I am their property.

New Heart English Bible
"'They shall have an inheritance: I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'The priests will have no inheritance. I am their inheritance. Don't give them any possessions in Israel. The priests belong to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance; and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

New American Standard 1977
“And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel—I am their possession.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this shall be unto them for an inheritance: I shall be their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

American King James Version
And it shall be to them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

American Standard Version
And they shall have an inheritance: I am their inheritance; and ye shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall have no inheritance, I am their inheritance: neither shall you give them any possession in Israel, for I am their possession.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be unto them for an inheritance; I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

English Revised Version
And they shall have an inheritance; I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be to them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

World English Bible
They shall have an inheritance: I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been to them for an inheritance; I am their inheritance: and a possession ye do not give to them in Israel; I am their possession.
Study Bible
Rules for the Levites
27"On the day that he goes into the sanctuary, into the inner court to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering," declares the Lord GOD. 28"And it shall be with regard to an inheritance for them, that I am their inheritance; and you shall give them no possession in Israel-- I am their possession. 29"They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering and the guilt offering; and every devoted thing in Israel shall be theirs.…
Cross References
Numbers 18:20
Then the LORD said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.

Deuteronomy 10:9
Therefore, Levi does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God spoke to him.)

Deuteronomy 18:1
"The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the LORD'S offerings by fire and His portion.

Deuteronomy 18:2
"They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them.

Joshua 13:33
But to the tribe of Levi, Moses did not give an inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He had promised to them.

Ezekiel 48:10
"The holy allotment shall be for these, namely for the priests, toward the north 25,000 cubits in length, toward the west 10,000 in width, toward the east 10,000 in width, and toward the south 25,000 in length; and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in its midst.
Treasury of Scripture

And it shall be to them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

I am their inheritance

Ezekiel 45:4 The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers …

Ezekiel 48:9-11 The oblation that you shall offer to the LORD shall be of five and …

Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their …

Deuteronomy 10:9 Why Levi has no part nor inheritance with his brothers; the LORD …

Deuteronomy 18:1,2 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no …

Joshua 13:14,33 Only to the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices …

1 Peter 5:2-4 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

(28) I am their inheritance.--This is a simple repetition of the frequent declarations in the law (Numbers 18:20; Deuteronomy 10:9; Deuteronomy 18:2); the priests were to be supported by the tithes given to God, and by their portion of the offerings made to Him. These are here summarily mentioned in Ezekiel 44:28-29, and may be found more particularly described, as regards the priests' share of the meat, sin, and trespass offerings, in Leviticus 2:3; Leviticus 6:25; Leviticus 6:29; Leviticus 7:6-7; the devoted field, Leviticus 27:21; the first-fruits, Exodus 23:19; Exodus 34:26; Numbers 18:13; Deuteronomy 18:4; and for the special heave offerings, Numbers 15:19-21; Numbers 18:19. As it was not inconsistent with these provisions that the priests should also have assigned to them cities for residence, with their suburbs for pasturage, so these gifts are not now excluded by the fact that the priests should possess the "oblation" of land (Ezekiel 45:1-5), although their portion is thereby greatly increased.

Verses 28-31 state the emoluments which should Be enjoyed by the priests. Verse 28. - The Authorized Version conveys the impression that the first portion of the priests' sustenance should be derived from the sin offering, which is not mentioned till the following verse. And it shall be unto them for an inheritance ought rather to be rendered, and there shall be to them (what shall be) for an inheritance; or more simply, and they shall have an inheritance (Revised Version), which, it is next declared, as in the Law (Numbers 18:20; Deuteronomy 10:9; Deuteronomy 18:1, 2), should be Jehovah, and not any territorial possession or tribal tract such as should be assigned to the other tribes (see Ezekiel 48.). Smend thinks Ezekiel was scarcely accurate in describing the priests as landless in the sense intended by the Deuteronomist and the priest-code, since in Ezekiel 45:4 they are, after all, furnished with a plot of ground on which to build their houses and erect their sanctuary; whilst Wellhansen ('Gesehichte Israels,' p. 165) holds the priest-code to have somewhat romanced in adopting the same language about the Aaronides and Levites, since, if they really did obtain forty-eight cities, "what were these if not a lot and a land tract, and that too a comparatively great and important one?" Neither view stands in need of refutation. And it shall be unto them for an inheritance,.... Either the sin offering, or the priesthood, and the perquisites belonging to it: or,

they shall have an inheritance (r); but what shall it be? God himself:

I am their inheritance; the Lord is the portion and inheritance of his people, who are made priests unto him, whether in a private or public capacity; they are heirs of God, he is their portion in the land of the living, and forever: God in all his perfections is theirs; and though incommunicable, they have the use and advantage of them, so far as they are capable and stand in need of them; as his eternity, immutability, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, grace, mercy, goodness, truth, and faithfulness: he is theirs in all his persons; God the Father is their covenant God and Father; the Son of God is their Head and Husband, their Saviour and Redeemer, Mediator and Peacemaker, their Prophet, Priest, and King; his blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and faithfulness, theirs, and even all that he is and has: the Spirit of God is their convincer and enlightener, their quickener and sanctifier; their Comforter, and the Spirit of adoption to them, the seal and earnest of their future glory; and God under every character is theirs, as the God of nature and providence, and as the God of all grace; and this is an inheritance rich and large, a soul satisfying portion, an inconceivable and an inexhaustible one.

And ye shall give them no possession in Israel; so the priests and Levites had none under the law, but were provided for in another way, Numbers 18:20, the Lord's people and priests, under the Gospel dispensation, for the most part are the poor of this world, who have no share in the possessions of it; their good things are not here, but in the world to come, and in God himself: "I am their possession"; the Lord is enjoyed by them now; his love is shed abroad in their hearts; they have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ, and communion with the Holy Ghost; and which is infinitely better than all the possessions of this world; and besides, provision is made for their outward maintenance, as follows:

(r) "habebunt etiam hereditarium aliquid", Tigurine version. 28. I am their inheritance—(Nu 18:20; De 10:9; 18:1; Jos 13:14, 32).44:1-31 This chapter contains ordinances relative to the true priests. The prince evidently means Christ, and the words in ver. 2, may remind us that no other can enter heaven, the true sanctuary, as Christ did; namely, by virtue of his own excellency, and his personal holiness, righteousness, and strength. He who is the Brightness of Jehovah's glory entered by his own holiness; but that way is shut to the whole human race, and we all must enter as sinners, by faith in his blood, and by the power of his grace.
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