43 And double-pronged hooks, each a handbreadtha long, were attached to the wall all around. The tables were for the flesh of the offerings.

The Rooms for the Priests

44 Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, were two rooms, oneb at the side of the north gate and facing south, and another at the side of the southc gate and facing north.
45 He said to me, “The room facing south is for the priests who guard the temple,
46 and the room facing north is for the priests who guard the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who are the only Levites who may draw near to the LORD to minister before him.”
47 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.
48 He brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were five cubits wide on either side. The width of the entrance was fourteen cubitsd and its projecting walls weree three cubitsf wide on either side.
49 The portico was twenty cubitsg wide, and twelveh cubitsi from front to back. It was reached by a flight of stairs,j and there were pillars on each side of the jambs.