The Priests' Chambers

1 Then the man led me out by way of the north gate into the outer court. He brought me to the group of chambers opposite the temple yarda and opposite the buildingb to the north.
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      2 Along the length [of the chambers], which was 175 feet,cd there was an entrance on the north; the width was 87 and a half feet.e
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        • c 42:2 - Lit 100 cubits
        • d 42:2 - Ezk 41:13
        • e 42:2 - Lit 50 cubits
          3 Opposite the 35 [foot space]f belonging to the inner court and opposite the paved surfaceg belonging to the outer court, [the structure rose] gallery by galleryh in three tiers.
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            • f 42:3 - Lit 20 [cubits]
            • g 42:3 - Ezk 40:17
            • h 42:3 - Ezk 41:15-16
              4 In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside, 17 and a half feeti wide and 175 feetj long,k and their entrances were on the north.
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                • i 42:4 - Lit 10 cubits
                • j 42:4 - Lit 100 cubits
                • k 42:4 - LXX, Syr; MT reads wide, a way of one cubit
                  5 The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building.
                  6 For they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle stories.
                  7 A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court; it was 87 and a half feetl long.
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                    • l 42:7 - Lit 50 cubits
                      8 For the chambers on the outer court were 87 and a half feet long, while those facing the great hall were 175 feetm [long].
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                        • m 42:8 - Lit 100 cubits
                          9 At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.n
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                            • n 42:9 - Ezk 44:5; 46:19
                              10 In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the south,o there were chambers facing the temple yardp and the [western] building,q
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                                  11 with a passageway in front of them, just like the chambers that faced north. Their length and width, as well as all their exits, measurements, and entrances,r were identical.
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                                    • r 42:11 - Ezk 43:11; 44:5
                                      12 The entrance at the beginning of the passageway, the way in front of the correspondings wall as one enters on the east side, was similar to the entrances of the chambers that were on the south side.
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                                        • s 42:12 - Or protective; Hb obscure
                                          13 Then the man said to me, "The northern and southern chambers that face the temple yard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings.t There they will deposit the most holy offerings-the grain offerings, sin offerings, and restitution offeringsu-for the place is holy.
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                                              14 Once the priests have entered, they must not go out from the holy area to the outer court until they have removed the clothes they minister in, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they approach the public area."v
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                                                  Outside Dimensions of the Temple Complex

                                                  15 When he finished measuring inside the temple complex, he led me out by way of the gate that faced east and measured all around the complex.
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                                                      16 He measured the east side with a measuring rod;w it was 875 feetx by the measuring rod.y
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                                                        • w 42:16 - Ezk 40:3
                                                        • x 42:16 - Lit 500 in rods; also in vv. 17-20
                                                        • y 42:16 - Lit rod all around
                                                          17 Hez measured the north side; it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.{
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                                                            • z 42:17 - LXX reads Then he turned to the north and
                                                            • { 42:17 - Lit rod all around
                                                              18 He| measured the south side; it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.
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                                                                • | 42:18 - LXX reads Then he turned to the south and
                                                                  19 Then he turned to the west side and measured 875 feet by the measuring rod.
                                                                  20 He measured the temple complex on all four sides. It had a wall all around [it],} 875 [feet] long and 875 [feet]~ wide, to separate the holy from the common.
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