In front of each alcove was a wall one cubit high, and the alcoves were six cubits square.
Then he measured the gateway from the top of the rear wall of one alcove to the top of the opposite one; the distance was twenty-five cubits from one parapet opening to the opposite one.
He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway--sixty cubits. The measurement was up to the porticoa facing the courtyard.b115
The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits.
The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees.2
Then he brought me into the outer court.3 There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all around the court; there were thirty rooms4 along the pavement.518
It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement.
Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court;6 it was a hundred cubits7 on the east side as well as on the north.
Then he measured the length and width of the gate facing north, leading into the outer court.
Its alcoves8--three on each side--its projecting walls and its portico9 had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
Its openings, its portico10 and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them.1123
There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits.12
Then he led me to the south side and I saw a gate facing south. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements13 as the others.
The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all around, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.1426
Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side.1527
The inner court16 also had a gate facing south, and he measured from this gate to the outer gate on the south side; it was a hundred cubits.17
Then he brought me into the inner court through the south gate, and he measured the south gate; it had the same measurements18 as the others.
Its alcoves,19 its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.2030
(The porticoes21 of the gateways around the inner court were twenty-five cubits wide and five cubits deep.)
Its portico22 faced the outer court; palm trees decorated its jambs, and eight steps led up to it.2332
Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gateway; it had the same measurements24 as the others.
Its alcoves,25 its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
Its portico26 faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it.
Then he brought me to the north gate27 and measured it. It had the same measurements28 as the others,
as did its alcoves,29 its projecting walls and its portico, and it had openings all around. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
Its porticoc30 faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it.31
A room with a doorway was by the portico in each of the inner gateways, where the burnt offerings32 were washed.
In the portico of the gateway were two tables on each side, on which the burnt offerings,33 sin offerings34 and guilt offerings35 were slaughtered.3640
By the outside wall of the portico of the gateway, near the steps at the entrance to the north gateway were two tables, and on the other side of the steps were two tables.
So there were four tables on one side of the gateway and four on the other--eight tables in all--on which the sacrifices were slaughtered.
There were also four tables of dressed stone37 for the burnt offerings, each a cubit and a half long, a cubit and a half wide and a cubit high. On them were placed the utensils for slaughtering the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices.3843
And double-pronged hooks, each a handbreadth long, were attached to the wall all around. The tables were for the flesh of the offerings.
Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, were two rooms, oned at the side of the north gate and facing south, and another at the side of the southe gate and facing north.
He said to me, "The room facing south is for the priests who have charge of the temple,3946
and the room facing north40 is for the priests who have charge of the altar.41 These are the sons of Zadok,42 who are the only Levites who may draw near to the LORD to minister before him.43"
Then he measured the court: It was square--a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide. And the altar was in front of the temple.44
He brought me to the portico of the temple45 and measured the jambs of the portico; they were five cubits wide on either side. The width of the entrance was fourteen cubits and its projecting walls weref three cubits wide on either side.