Ezekiel 42:3

3 One block of rooms overlooked the 35-foot width of the inner courtyard. Another block of rooms looked out onto the pavement of the outer courtyard. The two blocks were built three levels high and stood across from each other.

Ezekiel 42:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 42:3

Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court,
&c.] Starckius thinks that the breadth of the chambers being fifty cubits, is here parted, and disposed of, and accounted for. The chambers were in two rows over against each other; that row which looked to the south, and so to the temple, was twenty cubits broad; and because it led to the temple, its court is called the inner court: and over against the pavement which was for the utter court:
or that row which was over against the pavement of the outward court, to the north, was also twenty cubits broad, which make forty; and the walk of ten cubits between them, ( Ezekiel 42:4 ) , account for the breadth of the fifty cubits: was gallery against gallery in three stories;
or, there was post before post in three stories
F21; each chamber had a post or pillar, so Jarchi; which distinguished or divided one from another, and ran up with the chambers three storey high; and as the chambers, so these posts in both rows answered to one another. These may denote the ministers of the Gospel, who are as pillars in the house of God, and churches of Christ; and every distinct church has its pillar or pastor, ( Proverbs 9:1 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (Myvlvb qyta ynp la qyta) "postis ante postem in triplici", Starckius.

Ezekiel 42:3 In-Context

1 Then the man led me out of the Temple courtyard by way of the north gateway. We entered the outer courtyard and came to a group of rooms against the north wall of the inner courtyard.
2 This structure, whose entrance opened toward the north, was 175 feet long and 87 feet wide.
3 One block of rooms overlooked the 35-foot width of the inner courtyard. Another block of rooms looked out onto the pavement of the outer courtyard. The two blocks were built three levels high and stood across from each other.
4 Between the two blocks of rooms ran a walkway 17 feet wide. It extended the entire 175 feet of the complex, and all the doors faced north.
5 Each of the two upper levels of rooms was narrower than the one beneath it because the upper levels had to allow space for walkways in front of them.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew 20[-cubit] [10.6-meter].