This wall added length to the outer block of rooms, which extended for only 87 feet, while the inner block—the rooms toward the Temple—extended for 175 feet.
There was an eastern entrance from the outer courtyard to these rooms.
On the south side of the Temple there were two blocks of rooms just south of the inner courtyard between the Temple and the outer courtyard. These rooms were arranged just like the rooms on the north.
There was a walkway between the two blocks of rooms just like the complex on the north side of the Temple. This complex of rooms was the same length and width as the other one, and it had the same entrances and doors. The dimensions of each were identical.
So there was an entrance in the wall facing the doors of the inner block of rooms, and another on the east at the end of the interior walkway.
Then the man told me, “These rooms that overlook the Temple from the north and south are holy. Here the priests who offer sacrifices to the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. And because these rooms are holy, they will be used to store the sacred offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.
When the priests leave the sanctuary, they must not go directly to the outer courtyard. They must first take off the clothes they wore while ministering, because these clothes are holy. They must put on other clothes before entering the parts of the building complex open to the public.”
When the man had finished measuring the inside of the Temple area, he led me out through the east gateway to measure the entire perimeter.
He measured the east side with his measuring rod, and it was 875 feet long.
Then he measured the north side, and it was also 875 feet.
The south side was also 875 feet,