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Ezekiel 44:6-8 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Say to that rebellious house, the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord God: Enough of all your abominations, house of Israel! You have admitted foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, into my sanctuary to profane it when you offered me food, the fat and blood.[a] Thus you have broken my covenant by all your abominations. Instead of caring for the service of my sanctuary, you appointed these foreigners to care for the service of my sanctuary.


  1. 44:7–14 According to Ezekiel, the Levites’ priestly role is reduced to the performance of menial tasks as punishment for their misdeeds (cf. vv. 10–14). This demotion was enforced during the restoration of Temple worship under Ezra and Nehemiah; this may explain the small number of Levites willing to return to Jerusalem after the exile.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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