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Ezekiel 44:28

    Ezekiel 44:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they are to have no heritage; I am their heritage: you are to give them no property in Israel; I am their property.

    Webster's Revision

    And they shall have 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Ezekiel 44:28

    I am their inheritance - Those who affect to form their ecclesiastical matters on the model of the Jewish Church have with one consent left this out of the question. They will not live on the free-will offerings of the people; but must have vast revenues, and these secured to them by law. That every minister of God should be supported by the altar I grant; but I think, instead of that method of paying the parochial clergy which I see is so much objected to, and breeds so much dissension between the pastors and their flocks, it would be better, on these accounts, to assign them a portion of land adequate to their supply, or let the state maintain them as it does its other officers. In Israel God was their inheritance and their possession; but they had the breast and shoulder of all sin-offerings and trespass-offerings, and all dedicated things were theirs; and they had a portion of all the dough that was prepared for bread. These were considered as the Lord's property, and these he gave to them; and this is always implied in the Lord's being their inheritance and their possession. They had a plentiful support.

    Hitherto tithes have been thought the best mode of paying the clergy, and providing for the poor of each parish; but these matters have undergone such alterations since the time of their institution, that some emendation of the system is at present absolutely necessary.

    There should be a public acknowledgment of God in every nation, and this should be provided for by the state in a way the least burdensome to the people, that all may rejoice in the benefit. Happy the nations that have a Bible so correct, and a Liturgy so pure, as those in the British empire! In such cases, a religion established by the state is an unutterable blessing to the nation; only keep it to the Bible, and to the Liturgy, and all, under God, will be well; but when the sermon is against these, all is bad.

    Barnes' Notes on Ezekiel 44:28

    It shall be unto them - The remains of the sacrifices were a chief source of the priests' support. The burnt-offerings being entirely consumed, the priests had the skins, which yielded a considerable revenue; meat-offerings and drink-offerings belonged entirely to them. sin-offerings and trepass-offerings, except in particular cases, also belonged to the priests and were partaken of in the temple. Of the peace-offerings a portion dedicated to the Lord by waving was left for the priests, and the rest eaten by the officers and their friends, either in the courts of the temple, or at least within Jerusalem. The kitchen-courts (K, Plan II Ezek. Ezekiel 46:21-24), were provided in order to prepare these public meals.

    Wesley's Notes on Ezekiel 44:28

    44:28 It - The sin - offering: but under this one, all other offerings are couched. For an inheritance - Instead of lands and cities.