Ezekiel 42 TNIV

The Rooms for the Priests

1 Then the man led me northward into the outer court and brought me to the rooms1 opposite the temple courtyard2 and opposite the outer wall on the north side.3

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2 The building whose door faced north was a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide.a

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    • a 42:2 - That is, about 170 feet long and 85 feet wide or about 52 meters long and 26 meters wide
      3 Both in the section twenty cubitsb from the inner court and in the section opposite the pavement of the outer court, gallery4 faced gallery at the three levels.5

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        • b 42:3 - That is, about 34 feet or about 10.4 meters
          4 In front of the rooms was an inner passageway ten cubits wide and a hundred cubitsc long.d Their doors were on the north.6

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            • c 42:4 - Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew "and one cubit"
            • d 42:4 - That is, about 17 feet wide and 170 feet long or about 5.2 meters wide and 52 meters long
              5 Now the upper rooms were narrower, for the galleries took more space from them than from the rooms on the lower and middle floors of the building.
              6 The rooms on the top floor had no pillars, as the courts had; so they were smaller in floor space than those on the lower and middle floors.
              7 There was an outer wall parallel to the rooms and the outer court; it extended in front of the rooms for fifty cubits.
              8 While the row of rooms on the side next to the outer court was fifty cubits long, the row on the side nearest the sanctuary was a hundred cubits long.
              9 The lower rooms had an entrance7 on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.

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              10 On the south sidee along the length of the wall of the outer court, adjoining the temple courtyard8 and opposite the outer wall, were rooms9

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                • e 42:10 - Septuagint; Hebrew "Eastward"
                  11 with a passageway in front of them. These were like the rooms on the north; they had the same length and width, with similar exits and dimensions. Similar to the doorways on the north
                  12 were the doorways of the rooms on the south. There was a doorway at the beginning of the passageway that was parallel to the corresponding wall extending eastward, by which one enters the rooms.
                  13 Then he said to me, "The north10 and south rooms11 facing the temple courtyard12 are the priests' rooms, where the priests who approach the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings--the grain offerings,13 the sin offeringsf14 and the guilt offerings15--for the place is holy.16

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                    • f 42:13 - Or "purification offerings"
                      14 Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments17 in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.18"

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                      15 When he had finished measuring what was inside the temple area, he led me out by the east gate19 and measured the area all around:

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                      16 He measured the east side with the measuring rod; it was five hundred cubits.g h

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                        • g 42:16 - See Septuagint of verse 17; Hebrew "rods"; also in verses 18 and 19.
                        • h 42:16 - Five hundred cubits equal about 850 feet or about 260 meters; also in verses 17, 18 and 19.
                          17 He measured the north side; it was five hundred cubitsi by the measuring rod.

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                            • i 42:17 - Septuagint; Hebrew "rods"
                              18 He measured the south side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
                              19 Then he turned to the west side and measured; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
                              20 So he measured20 the area21 on all four sides. It had a wall around it,22 five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide,23 to separate the holy from the common.24

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