Ezekiel 42 (Lexham English Bible)

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Description of Rooms for the Priests

1 And he brought me out to the outer courtyard {to the north},a and he brought me to the chamber which [was] opposite the courtyard and which [is] opposite the building to the north. 2 [As] tob [the] face of [the] length [of the building] [with] the doorway to the north, [it] [was] a hundred cubits,c and itsd width [was] fifty cubits.e 3 Opposite the twenty [cubits] {of the inner courtyard},f and opposite [the] pavement that [was] to the outer courtyard [was] a gallery {facing}g a gallery in the three [stories]. 4 And {in front of}h the chambers [was] a passageway ten cubitsi [in] width toward the inside, a walkway of one cubit,j and their doorways [were] to the north. 5 And the upper chambers narrowed, for [the] galleries took away [space] from them more than [they took] from the lower [levels] and more than [they took] from the middle [level] [in the] building. 6 For theyk [were] three stories and {they had no pillars}l likem the pillars ofn the courtyards; therefore they were smaller than the lower [stories] and than the middle [stories] from the ground [up]. 7 And [there was] a wall that was to the outside {alongside}o the chambers [on] the walkway top the outer courtyardq {in front of}r the chambers; its length [was] fiftys cubits.t 8 Foru the length of the chambers which [were] to the outer courtyard [was] fiftyv cubits,w and look!x [The chambers] on the front of the temple [were] a hundredy cubits.z 9 And from under these chambers [was] the entranceaa from the east for them {when one enters}bb from the outer courtyard. 10 All along the width of the wall of the courtyard {eastward}cc in front of the courtyard to the front of the building [were] chambers. 11 And a walkway [was] {before them}dd like the appearance of the chambers which [were on] {the north},ee [just] like [them in] their length, [and] so [was] their width and all their exits, and [they were built] like their arrangements and like their doorways, 12 and like the doorways of the chambers which [were on] the way of the south [was] [a] doorway at the head of the wayff {before} the stone wall, projectinggg [on]hh the way of the east at their coming.ii 13 And he said to me, "The chambers of the north [and] the chambers of the south which [are] {before}jj the courtyard, they {are the holy chambers}kk in which the priests, who [are] near to Yahweh, will eat the {most holy objects}.ll There they shall put the {most holy objects},mm and the grain offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering, for the place [is] holy. 14 {When the priests enter},nn then they shall not go out from the sanctuary to the outer courtyard; and there they must putoo their garments in which they serve because they [are] holy. They must put on other garments and [then] they may approach [the area] that [is] for the people. 15 And he completed the measurements of the inner temple, and he brought me [to] the walkway of the gate {that faces toward the east}pp and he measured it {all the way around}.qq 16 He measured the east side with the reedrr forss measuring, five hundred cubits,tt with [respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement, [he measured it] all around. 17 He measured the north side [as] five hundred [cubits], [with respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement all around. 18 [Then] he measured the south side [as] five hundred [cubits], [with respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement. 19 He went around the west sideuu [and] he measured five hundred [cubits], [with respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement. 20 {Toward the four sides}vv he measured it; [there] [was] a wall for it {all the way around}.ww [Its] length [was] five hundred [cubits]xx and [its] width [was] five hundred [cubits], in order to make [a] separation between what is holy and what is common.
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