Ezekiel 40-42 New American Standard Bible

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The Prophet's Vision of the Temple

40 In the twenty-fifth e year of our exile , at the beginning of the year , on the tenth of the month , in the fourteenth e year after the city was taken , on that same day the hand of the Lord was upon me and He brought me there . 2  In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain , and on it to the south there was a structure like a city . 3  So He brought me there ; and behold , there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze , with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand ; and he was standing in the gateway . 4  The man said to me, " Son of man , see with your eyes , hear with your ears , and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see ."

5  And behold , there was a wall on the outside of the temple all around , and in the man's hand was a measuring rod of six cubits , each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth . So he measured the thickness of the wall , one rod ; and the height , one rod . 6  Then he went to the gate which faced east , went up its steps and measured the threshold of the gate , one rod in width ; and the other threshold was one rod in width . 7  The guardroom was one rod long and one rod wide ; and there were five cubits between the guardrooms . And the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate facing inward was one rod . 8  Then he measured the porch of the gate facing inward , one rod . 9  He measured the porch of the gate , eight cubits ; and its side pillars , two cubits . And the porch of the gate was faced inward . 10  The guardrooms of the gate toward the east numbered three on each side ; the three of them had the same measurement . The side pillars also had the same measurement on each side . 11  And he measured the width of the gateway e , ten cubits , and the length of the gate , thirteen e cubits . 12  There was a barrier wall one cubit wide in front of the guardrooms on each side ; and the guardrooms were six cubits square on each side . 13  He measured the gate from the roof of the one guardroom to the roof of the other, a width of twenty-five e cubits from one door to the door opposite . 14  He made the side pillars sixty cubits high; the gate extended round about to the side pillar of the courtyard . 15  From the front of the entrance gate to the front of the inner porch of the gate was fifty cubits . 16  There were shuttered windows looking toward the guardrooms , and toward their side pillars within the gate all around , and likewise for the porches . And there were windows all around inside ; and on each side pillar were palm tree ornaments . 17  Then he brought me into the outer court , and behold , there were chambers and a pavement made for the court all around ; thirty chambers faced the pavement . 18  The pavement (that is, the lower pavement ) was by the side of the gates , corresponding to the length of the gates . 19  Then he measured the width from the front of the lower gate to the front of the exterior of the inner court , a hundred cubits on the east and on the north . 20  As for the gate of the outer court which faced the north , he measured its length and its width . 21  It had three guardrooms on each side ; and its side pillars and its porches had the same measurement as the first gate . Its length was fifty cubits and the width twenty-five e cubits . 22  Its windows and its porches and its palm tree ornaments had the same measurements as the gate which faced toward the east ; and it was reached by seven steps , and its porch was in front of them. 23  The inner court had a gate opposite the gate on the north as well as the gate on the east ; and he measured a hundred cubits from gate to gate . 24  Then he led me toward the south , and behold , there was a gate toward the south ; and he measured its side pillars and its porches according to those same measurements . 25  The gate and its porches had windows all around like those other windows ; the length was fifty cubits and the width twenty-five e cubits . 26  There were seven steps going up to it, and its porches were in front of them; and it had palm tree ornaments on its side pillars , one on each side .

27  The inner court had a gate toward the south ; and he measured from gate to gate toward the south , a hundred cubits . 28  Then he brought me to the inner court by the south gate ; and he measured the south gate according to those same measurements . 29  Its guardrooms also, its side pillars and its porches were according to those same measurements . And the gate and its porches had windows all around ; it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five e cubits wide . 30  There were porches all around , twenty-five e cubits long and five cubits wide . 31  Its porches were toward the outer court ; and palm tree ornaments were on its side pillars , and its stairway had eight steps . 32  He brought me into the inner court toward the east . And he measured the gate according to those same measurements . 33  Its guardrooms also, its side pillars and its porches were according to those same measurements . And the gate and its porches had windows all around ; it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five e cubits wide . 34  Its porches were toward the outer court ; and palm tree ornaments were on its side pillars , on each side , and its stairway had eight steps . 35  Then he brought me to the north gate ; and he measured it according to those same measurements , 36  with its guardrooms , its side pillars and its porches . And the gate had windows all around ; the length was fifty cubits and the width twenty-five e cubits . 37  Its side pillars were toward the outer court ; and palm tree ornaments were on its side pillars on each side , and its stairway had eight steps . 38  A chamber with its doorway was by the side pillars at the gates ; there they rinse the burnt offering .

39  In the porch of the gate were two tables on each side , on which to slaughter the burnt offering , the sin offering and the guilt offering . 40  On the outer side , as one went up to the gateway e toward the north , were two tables ; and on the other side of the porch of the gate were two tables . 41  Four tables were on each side next to the gate ; or, eight tables on which they slaughter sacrifices. 42  For the burnt offering there were four tables of hewn stone , a cubit and a half long , a cubit and a half wide and one cubit high , on which they lay the instruments with which they slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice . 43  The double hooks , one handbreadth in length, were installed in the house all around ; and on the tables was the flesh of the offering . 44  From the outside to the inner gate were chambers for the singers in the inner court , one of which was at the side of the north gate , with its front toward the south , and one at the side of the south gate facing toward the north . 45  He said to me, "This is the chamber which faces toward the south , intended for the priests who keep charge of the temple ; 46  but the chamber which faces toward the north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar . These are the sons of Zadok , who from the sons of Levi come near to the Lord to minister to Him." 47  He measured the court , a perfect square , a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide ; and the altar was in front of the temple . 48  Then he brought me to the porch of the temple and measured each side pillar of the porch , five cubits on each side ; and the width of the gate was three cubits on each side . 49  The length of the porch was twenty cubits and the width eleven e cubits ; and at the stairway by which it was ascended were columns belonging to the side pillars , one on each side .

41 Then he brought me to the nave and measured the side pillars ; six cubits wide on each side was the width of the side pillar . 2  The width of the entrance was ten cubits and the sides of the entrance were five cubits on each side . And he measured the length of the nave, forty cubits , and the width , twenty cubits . 3  Then he went inside and measured each side pillar of the doorway , two cubits , and the doorway , six cubits high; and the width of the doorway , seven cubits . 4  He measured its length , twenty cubits , and the width , twenty cubits , before e the nave ; and he said to me, "This is the most holy place." 5  Then he measured the wall of the temple , six cubits ; and the width of the side chambers , four cubits , all around about the house on every side . 6  The side chambers were in three stories, one above another , and thirty in each story ; and the side chambers extended to the wall which stood on their inward side all around , that they might be fastened , and not be fastened into the wall of the temple itself. 7  The side chambers surrounding the temple were wider at each successive story . Because the structure surrounding the temple went upward by stages on all sides of the temple , therefore e the width of the temple increased as it went higher ; and thus one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the second story. 8  I saw also that the house had a raised platform all around ; the foundations of the side chambers were a full rod of six long cubits in height. 9  The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits . But the free space between the side chambers belonging to the temple 10  and the outer chambers was twenty cubits in width all around the temple on every side . 11  The doorways of the side chambers toward the free space consisted of one doorway toward the north and another doorway toward the south ; and the width of the free space e was five cubits all around .

12  The building that was in front of the separate area at the side toward the west was seventy cubits wide ; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around , and its length was ninety cubits . 13  Then he measured the temple , a hundred cubits long ; the separate area with the building and its walls were also a hundred cubits long . 14  Also the width of the front of the temple and that of the separate areas along the east side totaled a hundred cubits . 15  He measured the length of the building along the front of the separate area behind e it, with a gallery on each side , a hundred cubits ; he also measured the inner nave and the porches of the court . 16  The thresholds , the latticed windows and the galleries round about their three stories, opposite the threshold , were paneled with wood all around , and from the ground to the windows (but the windows were covered ), 17  over the entrance , and to the inner house , and on the outside , and on all the wall all around inside and outside , by measurement . 18  It was carved with cherubim and palm trees ; and a palm tree was between cherub and cherub , and every cherub had two faces , 19  a man's face toward the palm tree on one side and a young lion's face toward the palm tree on the other side ; they were carved on all the house all around . 20  From the ground to above e the entrance cherubim and palm trees were carved , as well as on the wall of the nave . 21  The doorposts of the nave were square ; as for the front of the sanctuary , the appearance of one doorpost was like that of the other. 22  The altar was of wood , three cubits high and its length two cubits ; its corners , its base and its sides were of wood . And he said to me, "This is the table that is before the Lord ." 23  The nave and the sanctuary each had a double door . 24  Each of the doors had two leaves , two swinging leaves ; two leaves for one door and two leaves for the other . 25  Also there were carved on them, on the doors of the nave , cherubim and palm trees like those carved on the walls ; and there was a threshold of wood on the front of the porch outside e . 26  There were latticed windows and palm trees on one side and on the other , on the sides of the porch ; thus were the side chambers of the house and the thresholds .

42 Then he brought me out into the outer court , the way toward the north ; and he brought me to the chamber which was opposite the separate area and opposite the building toward the north . 2  Along e the length , which was a hundred cubits , was the north door ; the width was fifty cubits . 3  Opposite the twenty cubits which belonged to the inner court , and opposite the pavement which belonged to the outer court , was gallery corresponding e to gallery in three stories. 4  Before the chambers was an inner walk ten cubits wide , a way of one hundred cubits ; and their openings were on the north . 5  Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building . 6  For they were in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts ; therefore e the upper chambers were set back from the ground upward, more than the lower and middle ones . 7  As for the outer wall by the side of the chambers , toward the outer court facing the chambers , its length was fifty cubits . 8  For the length of the chambers which were in the outer court was fifty cubits ; and behold , the length of those facing the temple was a hundred cubits . 9  Below these chambers was the entrance on the east side , as one enters them from the outer court . 10  In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east , facing e the separate area and facing e the building , there were chambers . 11  The way in front of them was like the appearance of the chambers which were on the north , according to their length so was their width , and all their exits were both according to their arrangements and openings . 12  Corresponding to the openings of the chambers which were toward the south was an opening at the head of the way , the way in front of the wall toward the east , as one enters them. 13  Then he said to me, "The north chambers and the south chambers , which are opposite e the separate area , they are the holy chambers where e the priests who are near to the Lord shall eat the most holy things . There they shall lay the most holy things , the grain offering , the sin offering and the guilt offering ; for the place is holy . 14  "When the priests enter , then they shall not go out into the outer court from the sanctuary without laying there their garments in which they minister , for they are holy . They shall put on other garments ; then they shall approach that which is for the people ."

15  Now when he had finished measuring the inner house , he brought me out by the way of the gate which faced toward the east and measured it all around . 16  He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds by the measuring reed . 17  He measured on the north side five hundred reeds by the measuring reed . 18  On the south side he measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed . 19  He turned to the west side and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed . 20  He measured it on the four sides ; it had a wall all around , the length five hundred and the width five hundred , to divide between the holy and the profane .

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