Now there was an outer wall that went all the way around the temple compound. The measuring rod in the man's hand was ten and a half feet (based on a standard eighteen inches plus three inches). When he measured the wall's height and width it was ten and a half feet high and ten and a half feet wide.
Heb <i>shesh ammoth ba'ammah </i>traditionally <i>six long cubits</i>, which is defined as six times a standard <i>ammah </i>of eighteen inches plus a <i>topha </i>(traditionally <i>handbreadth</i>) of three inches. So the measuring rod has six segments of twenty-one inches each, which equals ten and a half feet. It is unclear whether the measurements with the rod continue past 40:8, when standard <i>ammah </i>appear, though the longer <i>ammah </i>do continue briefly in 43:13-17 for the altar.