Chambers for the Temple

1 Then he led me out to the outer court, toward the north, and brought me to the chamber which was opposite the courtyard and opposite the building on the north. 2 Its length was 175 feet1 on the north side,2 and its width 87½ feet.3 3 Opposite the 35 feet4 that belonged to the inner court, and opposite the pavement which belonged to the outer court, gallery faced gallery in the three stories. 4 In front of the chambers was a walkway on the inner side, 17½ feet5 wide at a distance of 1¾ feet,6 and their entrances were on the north. 5 Now the upper chambers were narrower, because the galleries took more space from them than from the lower and middle chambers of the building. 6 For they were in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore the upper chambers7 were set back from the ground more than the lower and upper ones. 7 As for the outer wall by the side of the chambers, toward the outer court facing the chambers, it was 87½ feet8 long. 8 For the chambers on the outer court were 87½ feet9 long, while those facing the temple were 175 feet10 long. 9 Below these chambers was a passage on the east side as one enters from the outer court.

10 At the beginning11 of the wall of the court toward the south,12 facing the courtyard and the building, were chambers 11 with a passage in front of them. They looked like the chambers on the north. Of the same length and width, and all their exits according to their arrangements and entrances 12 were the chambers13 which were toward the south. There was an opening at the head of the passage, the passage in front of the corresponding wall toward the east when one enters.

13 Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers which face the courtyard are holy chambers where the priests14 who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings – the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, because the place is holy. 14 When the priests enter, then they will not go out from the sanctuary to the outer court without taking off their garments in which they minister, for these are holy; they will put on other garments, then they will go near the places where the people are.”

15 Now when he had finished measuring the interior of the temple, he led me out by the gate which faces east and measured all around. 16 He measured the east side with the measuring stick15 as 875 feet16 by the measuring stick. 17 He measured the north side as 875 feet by the measuring stick. 18 He measured the south side as 875 feet by the measuring stick. 19 He turned to the west side and measured 875 feet by the measuring stick. 20 He measured it on all four sides. It had a wall around it, 875 feet long and 875 feet wide, to separate the holy and common places.

142:2tn Heb “one hundred cubits” (i.e., 52.5 meters). 242:2tn Heb “the door of the north.” 342:2tn Heb “fifty cubits” (i.e., 26.25 meters). 442:3tn Heb “twenty cubits” (i.e., 10.5 meters). 542:4tn Heb “ten cubits” (i.e., 5.25 meters). 642:4tc Heb “one cubit” (i.e., 52.5 cm). The LXX and the Syriac read “one hundred cubits” (= 175 feet). 742:6tn The phrase “upper chambers” is not in the Hebrew text but is supplied from the context. 842:7tn Heb “fifty cubits” (i.e., 26.25 meters). 942:8tn Heb “fifty cubits” (i.e., 26.25 meters). 1042:8tn Heb “one hundred cubits” (i.e., 52.5 meters). 1142:10tc The reading is supported by the LXX. 1242:10tc This reading is supported by the LXX; the MT reads “east.” 1342:12tc The MT apparently evidences dittography, repeating most of the last word of the previous verse: “and like the openings of.” 1442:13sn The priests are from the Zadokite family (Ezek 40:6; 44:15). 1542:16tn Heb “reed” (also in the following verses). 1642:16tn Heb “five hundred cubits” (i.e., 262.5 meters).