Ezekiel 42: Measuring the Temple:  Rooms for the Priests
Comments: This chapter moves the description on to cover
the two sets of rooms for the priests, where they could eat the
The rooms on the north side opening into the inner courtyard
the man led me northward into the outer court and brought me to
the rooms opposite the temple courtyard and opposite the outer
wall on the north side.
building whose door faced north was a hundred cubits long and
fifty cubits wide.
in the section twenty cubits from the inner court and in the section
opposite the pavement of the outer court, gallery faced gallery
at the three levels.
front of the rooms was an inner passageway ten cubits wide and
a hundred cubits long. Their doors were on the north.
the upper rooms were narrower, for the galleries took more space
from them than from the rooms on the lower and middle floors of
rooms on the top floor had no pillars, as the courts had; so they
were smaller in floor space than those on the lower and middle
was an outer wall parallel to the rooms and the outer court; it
extended in front of the rooms for fifty cubits.
the row of rooms on the side next to the outer court was fifty
cubits long, the row on the side nearest the sanctuary was a hundred
lower rooms had an entrance on the east side as one enters them
from the outer court.
The rooms on the south side of the inner courtyard
the south side along the length of the wall
of the outer court, adjoining the temple courtyard and opposite
the outer wall, were rooms
a passageway in front of them. These were like the rooms on the
north; they had the same length and width, with similar exits
and dimensions. Similar to the doorways on the north
the doorways of the rooms on the south. There was a doorway at
the beginning of the passageway that was parallel to the corresponding
wall extending eastward, by which one enters the rooms.
The rooms are for the priests where they eat the offerings
he said to me, ‘The north and south rooms facing the temple courtyard
are the priests' rooms, where the priests who approach the Lord
will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most
holy offerings – the grain offerings, the sin offerings and
the guilt offerings – for the place is holy.
the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into
the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which
they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes
before they go near the places that are for the people.'
The Temple area measured from the outside
he had finished measuring what was inside the temple area, he
led me out by the east gate and measured the area all around:
measured the east side with the measuring rod; it was five hundred
measured the north side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring
measured the south side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring
he turned to the west side and measured; it was five hundred cubits
by the measuring rod.
he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall round it,
five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate
the holy from the common.
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