No sweat in Ezekiel’s temple 

Old Testament: Eze 44.17–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 43–44 on November 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Ezekiel 40–48 pictures a temple that the Lord wanted the prophet to make known to the children of Israel, especially to those in Babylonian captivity, providing hope for them that they would escape captivity at some point. 

Interestingly, the Lord did not want priests to wear anything that caused sweat in this temple: 

“And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat. When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments; and in their holy garments they shall not sanctify the people.”

– Ezekiel 44.17–19 

This goes along with the idea that the priests were to clean themselves before they entered the Tabernacle earlier, or Solomon’s temple later. 

And of course, that symbolizes that the Lord does not want anything unclean in his presence, and ultimately in heaven. 


  • What were the priests to wear according to the text above? 
  • Where were they to leave the holy garments when leaving the temple? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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