Of this there shall be for the sanctuary
Or temple, the house before described in the preceding chapters: five hundred in length, and five hundred in breadth, square round
that is, five hundred reeds square, as is manifest from ( Ezekiel 42:16-20 ) , and this denotes the largeness, perfection, and stability of the church of Christ, which the sanctuary was a type of: and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof;
which were a void place of fifty cubits round about the sanctuary, measuring from the wall to that; this was done in reverence to the holy place, and to show that we should not rush hastily into the house of God, and church of Christ, but first pass through the suburbs or open place. Cubits being here mentioned, show that reeds are to be understood where the kind of measure is not expressed.