I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man's hand was six long cubits, each of which was a cubita and a handbreadth.b He measured1 the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high.
Then he went to the gate facing east.2 He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep.c7
The alcoves3 for the guards were one rod long and one rod wide, and the projecting walls between the alcoves were five cubits thick. And the threshold of the gate next to the portico facing the temple was one rod deep.
Then he measured the portico of the gateway;
itd was eight cubits deep and its jambs were two cubits thick. The portico of the gateway faced the temple.
Inside the east gate were three alcoves on each side; the three had the same measurements, and the faces of the projecting walls on each side had the same measurements.
Then he measured the width of the entrance to the gateway; it was ten cubits and its length was thirteen cubits.
In front of each alcove was a wall one cubit high, and the alcoves were six cubits square.
Then he measured the gateway from the top of the rear wall of one alcove to the top of the opposite one; the distance was twenty-five cubits from one parapet opening to the opposite one.
He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway--sixty cubits. The measurement was up to the porticoe facing the courtyard.f415
The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits.
The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees.5
Then he brought me into the outer court.6 There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all around the court; there were thirty rooms7 along the pavement.818
It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement.
Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court;9 it was a hundred cubits10 on the east side as well as on the north.
Then he measured the length and width of the gate facing north, leading into the outer court.
Its alcoves11--three on each side--its projecting walls and its portico12 had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
Its openings, its portico13 and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them.1423
There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits.15
Then he led me to the south side and I saw a gate facing south. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements16 as the others.
The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all around, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.1726
Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side.18