Ezekiel

Book of Ezekiel. Chapter 40

   

1 In the twenty-fifth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth [day] of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was captured, on the very same day the hand of the LORD was upon me; and He took me there.

2 In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain; on it toward the south [was] something like the structure of a city.

3 He took me there, and behold, [there was] a man whose appearance [was] like the appearance of bronze. He had a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand, and he stood in the gateway.

4 And the man said to me, "Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you [were] brought here so that I might show [them] to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see."

5 Now there was a wall all around the outside of the temple. In the man's hand was a measuring rod six cubits [long, each being a] cubit and a handbreadth; and he measured the width of the wall structure, one rod; and the height, one rod.

6 Then he went to the gateway which faced east; and he went up its stairs and measured the threshold of the gateway, [which was] one rod wide, and the other threshold [was] one rod wide.

7 Each gate chamber [was] one rod long and one rod wide; between the gate chambers [was a space of] five cubits; and the threshold of the gateway by the vestibule of the inside gate [was] one rod.

8 He also measured the vestibule of the inside gate, one rod.

9 Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and the gateposts, two cubits. The vestibule of the gate [was] on the inside.

10 In the eastern gateway [were] three gate chambers on one side and three on the other; the three [were] all the same size; also the gateposts were of the same size on this side and that side.

11 He measured the width of the entrance to the gateway, ten cubits; [and] the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.

12 [There was] a space in front of the gate chambers, one cubit [on this side] and one cubit on that side; the gate chambers [were] six cubits on this side and six cubits on that side.

13 Then he measured the gateway from the roof of [one] gate chamber to the roof of the other; the width [was] twenty-five cubits, as door faces door.

14 He measured the gateposts, sixty cubits high, and the court all around the gateway [extended] to the gatepost.

15 [From] the front of the entrance gate to the front of the vestibule of the inner gate [was] fifty cubits.

16 [There were] beveled window [frames] in the gate chambers and in their intervening archways on the inside of the gateway all around, and likewise in the vestibules. [There were] windows all around on the inside. And on each gatepost [were] palm trees.

17 Then he brought me into the outer court; and [there were] chambers and a pavement made all around the court; thirty chambers faced the pavement.

18 The pavement was by the side of the gateways, corresponding to the length of the gateways; [this was] the lower pavement.

19 Then he measured the width from the front of the lower gateway to the front of the inner court exterior, one hundred cubits toward the east and the north.

20 On the outer court was also a gateway facing north, and he measured its length and its width.

21 Its gate chambers, three on this side and three on that side, its gateposts and its archways, had the same measurements as the first gate; its length [was] fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits.

22 Its windows and those of its archways, and also its palm trees, [had] the same measurements as the gateway facing east; it was ascended by seven steps, and its archway [was] in front of it.

23 A gate of the inner court was opposite the northern gateway, just as the eastern [gateway;] and he measured from gateway to gateway, one hundred cubits.

24 After that he brought me toward the south, and there a gateway was facing south; and he measured its gateposts and archways according to these same measurements.

25 [There were] windows in it and in its archways all around like those windows; its length [was] fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits.

26 Seven steps led up to it, and its archway [was] in front of them; and it had palm trees on its gateposts, one on this side and one on that side.

27 [There was] also a gateway on the inner court, facing south; and he measured from gateway to gateway toward the south, one hundred cubits.

28 Then he brought me to the inner court through the southern gateway; he measured the southern gateway according to these same measurements.

29 Also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways [were] according to these same measurements; [there were] windows in it and in its archways all around; [it was] fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

30 [There were] archways all around, twenty-five cubits long and five cubits wide.

31 Its archways faced the outer court, palm trees [were] on its gateposts, and going up to it [were] eight steps.

32 And he brought me into the inner court facing east; he measured the gateway according to these same measurements.

33 Also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways [were] according to these same measurements; and [there were] windows in it and in its archways all around; [it was] fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.

34 Its archways faced the outer court, and palm trees [were] on its gateposts on this side and on that side; and going up to it [were] eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gateway and measured [it] according to these same measurements --

36 also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways. It had windows all around; its length [was] fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits.

37 Its gateposts faced the outer court, palm trees [were] on its gateposts on this side and on that side, and going up to it [were] eight steps.

38 [There was] a chamber and its entrance by the gateposts of the gateway, where they washed the burnt offering.

39 In the vestibule of the gateway [were] two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which to slay the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering.

40 At the outer side of the vestibule, as one goes up to the entrance of the northern gateway, [were] two tables; and on the other side of the vestibule of the gateway [were] two tables.

41 Four tables [were] on this side and four tables on that side, by the side of the gateway, eight tables on which they slaughtered [the sacrifices.]

42 [There were] also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, one cubit and a half long, one cubit and a half wide, and one cubit high; on these they laid the instruments with which they slaughtered the burnt offering and the sacrifice.

43 Inside [were] hooks, a handbreadth wide, fastened all around; and the flesh of the sacrifices [was] on the tables.

44 Outside the inner gate [were] the chambers for the singers in the inner court, one facing south at the side of the northern gateway, and the other facing north at the side of the southern gateway.

45 Then he said to me, "This chamber which faces south [is] for the priests who have charge of the temple.

46 "The chamber which faces north [is] for the priests who have charge of the altar; these [are] the sons of Zadok, from the sons of Levi, who come near the LORD to minister to Him."

47 And he measured the court, one hundred cubits long and one hundred cubits wide, foursquare. The altar [was] in front of the temple.

48 Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the doorposts of the vestibule, five cubits on this side and five cubits on that side; and the width of the gateway was three cubits on this side and three cubits on that side.

49 The length of the vestibule [was] twenty cubits, and the width eleven cubits; and by the steps which led up to it [there were] pillars by the doorposts, one on this side and another on that side.

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