The portion for the prince (Ezek 45:7-45:8)

“To the prince

Shall belong

The land

On both sides

Of the holy district.

This shall be

Alongside

The property of the city,

Both on the west side

As well as on the east side.

This shall correspond

In length

To one of the tribal portions,

Extending from the western

To the eastern boundary

Of the land.

It is to be

His property

In Israel.

My princes shall

No longer oppress

My people.

But they shall

Let the house of Israel

Have the land

According to their tribes.”

The prince would no longer have a close proximity to the Temple. However, he would have the land on both sides of the holy district, on the east and west side. This prince would get the equivalent in land as much as a tribal portion. This new prince would no longer oppress Yahweh’s people. The rest of the tribes of Israel would also have their land according to their tribes.

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The new shepherd King David (Ezek 34:23-34:24)

“‘I will set up

Over them

One shepherd,

My servant David.

He shall feed them.

He shall feed them.

He shall be

Their shepherd.

I,

Yahweh,

Will be their God.

My servant David

Shall be the prince

Among them.’

I,

Yahweh,

Have spoken.”

Yahweh’s solution to this problem of the good and bad Israelite sheep was a new shepherd, who is also the old King David (1010-970 BCE). This may be an allusion to a new monarchy in Israel. The new shepherd king would also feed them like Yahweh’s servant David had done for his people. There would be a new prince among the Israelites, like David, the shepherd king. Yahweh, their God, via Ezekiel, had spoken.