Description of Rooms for the Priests

1 And he brought me out to the outer courtyard {to the north}, and he brought me to the chamber which [was] opposite the courtyard and which [is] opposite the building to the north.

References for Ezekiel 42:1

    • a 42:1 - Literally "[to] the way of the north"
      2 [As] to [the] face of [the] length [of the building] [with] the doorway to the north, [it] [was] a hundred cubits, and its width [was] fifty cubits.

      References for Ezekiel 42:2

        • b 42:2 - Or "along the face of"
        • c 42:2 - That is, 175 feet
        • d 42:2 - Or "the"
        • e 42:2 - That is, 87.5 feet
          3 Opposite the twenty [cubits] {of the inner courtyard}, and opposite [the] pavement that [was] to the outer courtyard [was] a gallery {facing} a gallery in the three [stories].

          References for Ezekiel 42:3

            • f 42:3 - Literally "which [were] to the courtyard the inner"
            • g 42:3 - Literally "to[ward] in the face/front of"
              4 And {in front of} the chambers [was] a passageway ten cubits [in] width toward the inside, a walkway of one cubit, and their doorways [were] to the north.

              References for Ezekiel 42:4

                • h 42:4 - Literally "to the face of"
                • i 42:4 - That is, 17.5 feet
                • j 42:4 - One cubit of 18-21 inches is problematic; LXX and Syriac read 100 cubits (175 feet) running the length of the building
                  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 they [were] three stories and {they had no pillars} like the pillars of the courtyards; therefore they were smaller than the lower [stories] and than the middle [stories] from the ground [up].

                  References for Ezekiel 42:6

                    • k 42:6 - Or "there"
                    • l 42:6 - Literally "there were not for them pillars"
                    • m 42:6 - Or "as"
                    • n 42:6 - Or "for"
                      7 And [there was] a wall that was to the outside {alongside} the chambers [on] the walkway to the outer courtyard {in front of} the chambers; its length [was] fifty cubits.

                      References for Ezekiel 42:7

                        • o 42:7 - Literally "to the outside to corresponding"
                        • p 42:7 - Or "of"
                        • q 42:7 - That is, "to the north"
                        • r 42:7 - Literally "to in face of"
                        • s 42:7 - That is, 87.5 feet
                        • t 42:7 - Hebrew "cubit"
                          8 For the length of the chambers which [were] to the outer courtyard [was] fifty cubits, and look! [The chambers] on the front of the temple [were] a hundred cubits.

                          References for Ezekiel 42:8

                            • u 42:8 - Or "while"
                            • v 42:8 - Hebrew "cubit"
                            • w 42:8 - That is, 87.5 feet
                            • x 42:8 - Or "yet!"
                            • y 42:8 - Hebrew "cubit"
                            • z 42:8 - That is, 175 feet
                              9 And from under these chambers [was] the entrance from the east for them {when one enters} from the outer courtyard.

                              References for Ezekiel 42:9

                                • { 42:9 - Reading the Ketiv
                                • | 42:9 - Literally "at/in his/its coming"
                                  10 All along the width of the wall of the courtyard {eastward} in front of the courtyard to the front of the building [were] chambers.

                                  References for Ezekiel 42:10

                                    • } 42:10 - Literally "on the way of the east"
                                      11 And a walkway [was] {before them} like the appearance of the chambers which [were on] {the north}, [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,

                                      References for Ezekiel 42:11

                                        • ~ 42:11 - Literally "was to the face of them"
                                        •  42:11 - Literally "[were on] the way of the north"
                                          12 and like the doorways of the chambers which [were on] the way of the south [was] [a] doorway at the head of the way {before} the stone wall, projecting [on] the way of the east at their coming.

                                          References for Ezekiel 42:12

                                            • € 42:12 - Dropping one "way"
                                            •  42:12 - Or "protecting wall"
                                            • ‚ 42:12 - Or "toward"
                                            • ƒ 42:12 - That is, when people entered the complex
                                              13 And he said to me, "The chambers of the north [and] the chambers of the south which [are] {before} the courtyard, they {are the holy chambers} in which the priests, who [are] near to Yahweh, will eat the {most holy objects}. There they shall put the {most holy objects}, and the grain offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering, for the place [is] holy.

                                              References for Ezekiel 42:13

                                                • „ 42:13 - Literally "to the front of"
                                                • … 42:13 - Literally "[are] the chambers of the holiness"
                                                • † 42:13 - Literally "holy objects of the holy objects"
                                                • ‡ 42:13 - Literally "holy objects of the holy objects"
                                                  14 {When the priests enter}, then they shall not go out from the sanctuary to the outer courtyard; and there they must put 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.

                                                  References for Ezekiel 42:14

                                                    • ˆ 42:14 - Literally "at coming their"
                                                    • ‰ 42:14 - Or "deposit/leave/remove"
                                                      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} and he measured it {all the way around}.

                                                      References for Ezekiel 42:15

                                                        • Š 42:15 - Literally "which its face [is to] the way of the east"
                                                        • ‹ 42:15 - Literally "all around, all around"
                                                          16 He measured the east side with the reed for measuring, five hundred cubits, with [respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement, [he measured it] all around.

                                                          References for Ezekiel 42:16

                                                            • Œ 42:16 - Or "rod"
                                                            •  42:16 - Literally "of measuring"
                                                            • Ž 42:16 - Hebrew has "reeds" here (= 5,250 feet), which is not correct; 500 cubits = 875 feet.
                                                              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 side [and] he measured five hundred [cubits], [with respect to] reeds with the reed for measurement.

                                                              References for Ezekiel 42:19

                                                                •  42:19 - Or "side toward/to the sea"
                                                                  20 {Toward the four sides} he measured it; [there] [was] a wall for it {all the way around}. [Its] length [was] five hundred [cubits] and [its] width [was] five hundred [cubits], in order to make [a] separation between what is holy and what is common.

                                                                  References for Ezekiel 42:20

                                                                    •  42:20 - Literally "toward the four winds"
                                                                    • ‘ 42:20 - Literally "all around, all around"
                                                                    • ’ 42:20 - That is, 875 feet