Ezekiel 41: Measuring the Temple:  Main Building
Comments: This chapter moves on from the courtyards to
the main building itself.]
The Main Hall [or Outer Sanctuary] of the Temple
the man brought me to the main hall and measured
the jambs; the width of the jambs was six cubits on each side.
entrance was ten cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each
side of it were five cubits wide. He also measured the main hall;
it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.
The Inner Sanctuary the Most Holy Place
he went into the inner sanctuaryry and measured
the jambs of the entrance; each was two cubits wide. The entrance
was six cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of
it were seven cubits wide.
he measured the length of the inner sanctuary; it was twenty cubits,
and its width was twenty cubits across the end of the main hall.
He said to me, This is the Most Holy Place.'
The walls, foundation, and side rooms of the temple
he measured the wall of the temple; it was six
cubits thick, and each side room round the temple was four cubits
side rooms were on three levels, one above another,
thirty on each level. There were ledges all round the wall of
the temple to serve as supports for the side rooms, so that the
supports were not inserted into the wall of the temple.
side rooms all round the temple were wider at each successive
level. The structure surrounding the temple was built in ascending
stages, so that the rooms widened as one went upwards. A stairway
went up from the lowest floor to the top floor through the middle
saw that the temple had a raised base all round it, forming the
foundation of the side rooms. It was the length of the rod, six
outer wall of the side rooms was five cubits thick. The open area
between the side rooms of the temple
the priests' rooms was twenty cubits wide all round the temple.
were entrances to the side rooms from the open area, one on the
north and another on the south; and the base adjoining the open
area was five cubits wide all round.
The sizes of the building
building facing the temple courtyard on the west side was seventy
cubits wide. The wall of the building was five cubits thick all
round, and its length was ninety cubits.
he measured the temple; it was a hundred cubits long, and the
temple courtyard and the building with its walls were also a hundred
width of the temple courtyard on the east, including the front
of the temple, was a hundred cubits.
he measured the length of the building facing the courtyard at
the rear of the temple, including its galleries on each side;
it was a hundred cubits.
main hall, the inner sanctuary and the portico facing the court,
well as the thresholds and the narrow windows and galleries round
the three of them everything beyond and including the threshold
was covered with wood. The floor, the wall up to the windows,
and the windows were covered.
Cherubim & Palm Trees
the space above the outside of the entrance to the inner sanctuary
and on the walls at regular intervals all round the inner and
carved cherubim and palm trees.
Palm trees alternated with cherubim. Each cherub had two faces:
face of a human being towards the palm tree on one side and the
face of a lion towards the palm tree on the other. They were carved
all round the whole temple.
the floor to the area above the entrance, cherubim and palm trees
were carved on the wall of the main hall.
Altar and Doors and windows
main hall had a rectangular door-frame, and the one at the front
of the Most Holy Place was similar.
was a wooden altar three cubits high and two
cubits square; its corners, its base and its sides were of wood.
The man said to me, This is the table that is before the Lord.'
the main hall and the Most Holy Place had double doors
door had two leaves two hinged leaves for each door.
on the doors of the main hall were carved cherubim and palm trees
like those carved on the walls, and there was a wooden overhang
on the front of the portico.
the side walls of the portico were narrow windows
with palm trees carved on each side. The side rooms of the temple
also had overhangs.
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