Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door
That is, the north door of the house opened to a space that lay between that and the chambers, which was a hundred cubits long: and the breadth was fifty cubits;
or the sense is, that the prophet was brought, as Noldius renders the words F20, to a place whose length was an hundred cubits towards the north door;
so that they describe the length and breadth of these chambers, the whole of them; and to this agrees the Arabic version: this account of them makes them larger than Solomon's temple, ( 1 Kings 6:2 ) , which may signify the largeness of these churches; the number of men in them; and the abundance of spiritual blessings and privileges, of light and knowledge, peace and joy, possessed by them: but the measure being oblong, and not foursquare, as the city of the New Jerusalem, ( Revelation 21:16 ) , shows they are not yet come to stability and perfection.
F20 Concord. Ebr. Partic. p. 82.