[The LORD said,] "Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Tell it, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: I am against you, Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
I will turn you around and lead you. I will bring you from the far north and have you attack the mountains of Israel.
Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand and make you drop the arrows in your right hand.
You will die on the mountains of Israel with your troops and the armies that are with you. I will let you become food for every bird of prey and for every wild animal.
You will die in the open field because I said so, declares the Almighty LORD.
I will send fire on Magog and on those who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
I will make my holy name known among my people Israel, and I will never let them dishonor my holy name again. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
"'It's coming! It will happen! declares the Almighty LORD. This is the day I have spoken about.
Those living in the cities of Israel will go out. They will set fire to weapons and burn them. They will burn small and large shields, bows and arrows, and war clubs and spears. They will burn them for seven years.
They will not need to get wood from the field or cut down trees in the woods. They will make fires with the weapons. They will loot those who looted them, and they will grab things back from those who grabbed their things, declares the Almighty LORD.
"'When that day comes, I will give Gog a burial place in Israel. It will be in Travelers Valley, east of the Dead Sea. It will block those who travel [through the valley]. Gog and his whole army will be buried there. So it will be called the valley of Gog's troops.
The people of Israel will be burying them there for seven months to make the land clean.
All the common people will be burying them. The people of Israel will be honored on the day of my victory, declares the Almighty LORD.
"'People will be chosen to go through the land and make it clean. With the help of others they will bury the dead soldiers that are still on the ground. At the end of seven months they will begin their search.
Whenever they go through the land and see a human bone, they will set up a marker beside it until the grave diggers have buried that bone in the valley of Gog's troops.
(A city named Hamonah will also be there.) In this way they will cleanse the land.'
"Son of man, this is what the Almighty LORD says: Tell every kind of bird and every wild animal, 'Assemble, and come together from all around for the sacrifice that I'm preparing for you. It will be a huge feast on the mountains of Israel. You can eat meat and drink blood there.
You can eat the meat of warriors and drink the blood of the princes of the earth. All of them will be killed like rams, lambs, goats, bulls and all the best animals of Bashan.
You can eat the best meat until you are full and drink blood until you are drunk at the sacrifice that I am preparing for you.
At my table you will be filled with horses and riders, warriors, and soldiers of every kind, declares the Almighty LORD.'
"I will show my greatness among the nations. All the nations will see how I will turn my power against them to punish them.
From that day on, the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God.
Then the nations will know that the people of Israel went into captivity because they did wrong and rebelled against me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies. They were killed in battle.
I paid them back for their uncleanness and their sins, and I hid my face from them.
"So this is what the Almighty LORD says: Now I will bring back Jacob's captives and have compassion for the whole nation of Israel. I will stand up for my holy name.
When they live safely in a land where no one will frighten them, they will forget their shame and all the unfaithful things they have done against me.
I will bring them back from the other nations and gather them from the countries of their enemies. Many nations will see that I am holy.
Then my people will know that I am the LORD their God. I sent them into captivity among the nations, and I brought them back again to their land. I left none of them behind.
I will no longer hide my face from them, because I will pour out my Spirit on the nation of Israel, declares the Almighty LORD."
It was the tenth day of the month in the beginning of the twenty-fifth year of our captivity and fourteen years after Jerusalem was captured. At that time the LORD's power came over me, and he brought me to Jerusalem.
In visions, God brought me to Israel and set me down on a very high mountain. On the south side of the mountain were some buildings that looked like those in a city.
He brought me closer. I saw a man who looked like he was covered with bronze. The man was holding a linen tape measure and a measuring stick, and he stood in a gateway.
He said to me, "Son of man, look with your eyes, and listen with your ears. Pay close attention to everything I'm going to show you. You were brought here to be shown these things. Tell the nation of Israel everything that you see."
I saw a wall that surrounded the temple. The man had a measuring stick that was 10½ feet long. He measured the wall. It was 10½ feet thick and 10½ feet high.
Then the man went to the gateway that faced east. He went up its steps and measured the entrance to the gateway. It was 10½ feet wide.
There were also guardrooms. Each guardroom was 10½ feet long and 10½ feet wide. The space between the guardrooms was 9 feet thick. And the entrance to the gateway by the entrance hall of the temple was 10½ feet wide.
He also measured the entrance hall of the gateway.
It extended 14 feet from the temple. Its recessed walls were 3½ feet thick. The gateway's entrance hall faced the temple.
Now, there were three guardrooms on each side of the eastern gateway. All three rooms on each side were the same size, and the recessed walls on each side were the same size.
Then the man measured the width of the entrance to the gateway. It was 17½ feet wide, and the gateway was 23 feet long.
There was a barrier about 21 inches in front of each guardroom. The guardrooms were 10½ feet square.
He measured the gateway from the top of one guardroom to the top of the opposite guardroom. It was 44 feet wide from one door to the opposite door.
He also measured the entrance hall. It was 35 feet wide. In front of the entrance hall to the gateway was a courtyard on all sides.
The total length of the gateway from the front of the outer part to the front of the inner part of the entrance hall was 87½ feet.
The guardrooms and recessed walls inside the gateway had small windows all around. The entrance hall also had windows all around on the inside. Pictures of palm trees were carved on the recessed walls.
Then the man brought me into the outer courtyard. I saw rooms there and pavement all around the courtyard. There were 30 rooms along the edge of the pavement.
The pavement in the lower courtyard ran alongside the gateways. It was as wide as it was long.
The man measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner courtyard. It was 175 feet from east to north.
Then the man measured the length and width of the gateway, leading to the outer courtyard. This was the gateway that faced north.
Its three guardrooms, its recessed walls, and its entrance hall were the same size as those in the east gateway. The gateway was 87½ feet long and 44 feet wide.
Its windows, recessed walls, and palm tree pictures were the same size as those in the east gateway. Seven steps went up to it and led to its entrance hall.
The inner courtyard had a gateway opposite the north gate just like the east gateway. The man measured the distance from one gate to the other gate. It was 175 feet.
Then the man led me to the south side, and I saw a gateway that faced south. He measured its recessed walls and its entrance hall. They were the same size as those of the other gateways.
The gateway and its entrance hall had windows on all sides like the windows in the other gateways. It was 87½ feet long and 44 feet wide.
Seven steps went up to it and led to its entrance hall. Pictures of palm trees were carved on the recessed walls, one picture on each side.
The inner courtyard had a gateway facing south. The man measured the distance from the gateway on the south side to its opposite gateway. It was 175 feet.
Then the man brought me to the inner courtyard through the south gateway. He measured the south gateway. It was the same size as the others.
Its guardrooms, recessed walls, and entrance hall were the same size as the other gateways. The guardrooms and the entrance hall had windows all around. The gateway was 87½ feet long and 44 feet wide.
There were entrance halls all around the inner courtyard. They were all 44 feet long and 9 feet wide.
The entrance halls faced the outer courtyard. Pictures of palm trees were carved on the recessed walls, and eight steps led up to each gateway.
Then the man brought me to the east side of the inner courtyard. He measured the gateway. It was the same size as the others.
Its guardrooms, recessed walls, and entrance halls were the same size as those of the other gateways. Its guardrooms and entrance hall had windows all around. The gateway was 87½ feet long and 44 feet wide.
Its entrance hall faced the outer courtyard. Pictures of palm trees were carved on the recessed walls, and eight steps led up to the gateway.
Then the man brought me to the north gateway. He measured it. It was the same size as the others.
Its guardrooms, recessed walls, and entrance hall had windows all around. The gateway was 87½ feet long and 44 feet wide.
Its recessed walls faced the outer courtyard. Pictures of palm trees were carved on the recessed walls, and eight steps led up to the gateway.
There was a room with a door that opened toward the entrance hall of the gateway. This is the room where the priests washed the animals for the burnt offerings.
In the entrance hall of the gateway there were two tables on each side of the room. On these tables the animals were slaughtered for burnt offerings, offerings for sin, and guilt offerings.
On each side of the entrance to the north gateway there were two tables, and on the other side of the entrance hall of the gateway there were two tables.
So there were four tables on each side of the gateway, eight tables in all, on which they slaughtered animals.
There were four tables made of cut stone for burnt offerings. They were 3 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 21 inches high. On these tables the priests laid the utensils that were used to slaughter animals for burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Double-pronged hooks, three inches long, were attached to the wall all around the room, and the tables were for the meat of the animals.
Outside the gateways to the inner courtyard were the rooms for the singers in the inner courtyards. One room was at the side of the north gateway. It faced south. The other room was at the side of the south gateway. It faced north.
The man said to me, "This room that faces south is for the priests who serve in the temple.
The room that faces north is for the priests who serve at the altar. These priests are Zadok's descendants. They are the only Levites who are able to come near the LORD and serve him."
The man measured the courtyard. It was a perfect square--175 feet long and 175 feet wide. And the altar was in front of the temple.
Then the man brought me to the entrance hall of the temple and measured its recessed walls. They were 9 feet on each side. The gateway was 24½ feet wide, and the walls on each side were 5 feet wide.
The entrance hall was 35 feet long and 21 feet wide. Steps led up to it. Pillars stood by the recessed walls, one on each side of the entrance hall.
Then the man brought me into the holy place in the temple and measured the recessed walls. They were 10½ feet wide on each side.
The entrance was 17½ feet wide, and on each side of the entrance the walls were 9 feet wide. Then he measured the length of the holy place. It was 70 feet long and 35 feet wide.
Then the man went inside and measured the passageway. It was 3½ feet thick. The entrance was 10½ feet high and 12 feet wide.
Then he measured the room at the end of the holy place. It was 35 feet long and 35 feet wide. The man said to me, "This is the most holy place."
Next, the man measured the temple wall. It was 10½ feet wide. The width of each side room around the temple was 7 feet.
The rooms were arranged on three different stories. There were 30 rooms on each story. These rooms had supports all the way around the temple wall, but these supports were not fastened to the temple wall.
The side rooms grew wider all the way around as they went up, story after story. The surrounding structure went from story to story all around the temple. The structure grew wider as it went higher. A stairway went from the first story through the second story to the third story.
I also saw a raised base all around the temple. This base was the foundation for the side rooms. It measured the full length of the measuring rod, 10½ feet.
The outer wall of the side rooms was 9 feet thick. There was an open area between the side rooms connected to the temple
and the priests' rooms. It was 35 feet wide and went all around the temple.
The doors in the side rooms were entrances into the open area. There was one door to the north and another to the south. The base of the open area was 9 feet wide all the way around.
At the far end of the open area, on the west side of the temple, was a building 122½ feet wide. The wall of the building was 9 feet thick all the way around, and it was 157½ feet long.
Then the man measured the temple. It was 175 feet long. This included the open area with the building and its walls. All together it was 175 feet long.
The eastern side of the temple, including the open area, was also 175 feet wide.
He also measured the length of the building facing the courtyard on the west side along with its corridors on both sides. It was 175 feet long. The holy place and the most holy place were paneled.
The doorposts, the small windows, and the corridors of all three stories were paneled. The walls, from the floor up to the windows, were paneled.
In the space above the door to the most holy place and on the walls all around it,
there were pictures of angels and palm trees. Palm trees were positioned between each of the angels, and each angel had two faces:
the face of a man, which was turned toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a lion, which was turned toward a palm tree on the other side. These pictures were carved all around the temple.
Pictures of angels and palm trees were carved on the walls from the floor to the space above the door.
The doorframes in the holy place were square. In front of the most holy place was something similar.
There was a wooden altar, 5 feet high and 3½ feet wide. Its corners, its base, and its sides were made of wood. Then the man told me, "This is the table that is in the presence of the LORD."
The holy place and the most holy place had two doors.
Each of the doors were double doors that swung open.
Pictures of angels and palm trees were carved on the doors of the holy place as on the walls. There was a wooden roof hanging over the outer entrance hall.
There were small windows and palm trees on both sides of the entrance hall, on the side rooms of the temple, and on the roofs.