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.
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.e3
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.
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.
The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building.
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.
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.
For the chambers on the outer court were 87 and a half feet long, while those facing the great hall were 175 feetm [long].
At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.n10
In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the south,o there were chambers facing the temple yardp and the [western] building,q11
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.
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.
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.
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