And the doors of the side chambers were towards the place that
These opened to the void space before them; that is, those of the lower storey; the others must open to the winding staircase that led down to it: one door toward the north, and another door toward the south;
which is not to be understood as if each chamber had two doors; but either of the two doors, which opened at the top of the staircase to the north and south; or of the doors of those chambers, which were on the north, and opened towards it; and of those that were on the south, that opened to that: indeed the Misnic doctors say F4 that each chamber had three doors; one to the chamber on the right; another to the chamber on the left; and a third to the upper chamber: and in the north east corner were five doors; one to the chamber on the right; and one to the upper chamber; a third to the winding stairs; a fourth to the little gate; and the fifth to the temple; these signify the free entrance of men into the churches of Christ in the latter day, whose gates shall be opened to let in the righteous nation; and shall stand open continually, that the forces of the Gentiles and their kings may be brought, ( Isaiah 26:2 ) ( Isaiah 60:11 Isaiah 60:18 ) and in the New Jerusalem there are gates, east, west, north, and south, even twelve of them, and at them twelve angels; and which gates shall not be shut day nor night, ( Revelation 21:12 Revelation 21:13 Revelation 21:25 ) : and the breadth of the place that was left was five cubits round about;
the void space that was left before the side chambers; see ( Ezekiel 41:9 ) .
F4 Misn. Middot, c. 4. sect. 3.